Unions, students and others have protested the proposed cuts by staging huge demonstrations in Barcelona, Madrid and other cities across the beleaguered country.
"Spain, already suffering the highest unemployment rate in Europe, received even more grim news on the job front Tuesday.
"The number of workers officially registered as unemployed climbed last month by 0.8 percent, or 38,769, to 4.75 million, the Ministry of Employment and Social Security said. That's the highest reading since the current statistical series began in 1996.
"On an annual basis, unemployment was 9.6 percent higher in March. According to data released by Eurostat, Spain's February jobless rate stood at 23.6 percent, the highest in the European Union..."