Spain's jobless rate edged down from 26.3% to 26.0% during the third quarter, the National Statistics Institute said, a day after the Bank of Spain indicated that the recession was over.
The institute said the number of people out of work dropped by 72,800 from July to September, leaving the total number of people unemployed at a rounded 5.9 million.
Unemployment often edges down during the busy months of the summer, when tourism is at its height.
Yesterday, the Bank of Spain estimated that the country's economy grew by a quarterly rate of 0.1% in the third quarter, which, if confirmed, means Spain has emerged from a recession that has lasted more than two years.
The government claims its austerity measures and economic reforms are paying off.