Spain still has a long way to go before experiencing economic well-being. Will the country-specific exchange traded fund (ETF) come to a slow crawl as poor manufacturing rates and high unemployment plague Spain’s economy?

As many eurozone countries pulled out of the recession in the third quarter, Spain’s economy contracted for the sixth consecutive quarter, as stated in The Economist. With unemployment rates at 19% and a stagnant economy, Spain may take until 2011 for a real recovery, and that is an optimistic projection. (Why Spain’s ETF is up while economic data is down).

Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, remains optimistic, though. He insists recovery has started and the country’s potential growth remains above the eurozone average. The government revealed a bold “sustainable economy” plan that will aim at the long-term but observers see that it is short on tougher measures.

Zapatero said the government expects new job creation in late 2010 and early 2011, according to sifynews. The government is trying to foment sustainable and productive sectors while reducing the economy’s reliance on construction. There will be $30 billion set aside to support business projects in competitive sectors and a $7.5 billion fund for municipal governments to improve infrastructure and energy efficiency.

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