The number of Spaniards out of work fell below four million in the second quarter of 2017, to 3.91 million people, according to the National Statistics Institute's (INE) Active Population Survey, one of two measures of unemployment used in the country.

The new unemployment rate is 17.22%.

It is the first time the jobless total has fallen below four million people since the first quarter of 2009.

The INE said 375,000 jobs had been created in the second quarter of the year, most of them (345,100) in the private sector.

Two-thirds of the jobs were temporary positions created in the...