According to the Spanish Confederation of Workers Cooperatives (COCETA), employment figures in worker cooperatives doubled in the first half of 2012, compared to the previous year. Following on from the growth of cooperatives, the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Security has joined efforts with the Spanish Enterprise Confederation of the Social Economy (CEPES) to launch a strategy to boost entrepreneurship and youth employment. The Ministry is seeking to encourage more young people to start their own social enterprises and cooperatives. According to COCETA, 80 per cent of those that form a cooperative have a permanent job, because they become members of that cooperative. Sources: [El Economista->http://www.eleconomista.es/economia/noticias/4764144/04/13/Banez-destaca-la-capacidad-de-las-empresas-de-la-economia-social-para-crear-empleo-en-plena-crisis.html] [Empresa y trabajo->http://empresaytrabajo.coop/nacional/las-empresas-de-economia-social-son-el-mayor-exponente-de-creacion-de-empleo-juvenil/] Articles related: [Jobs in Spanish worker cooperatives increase despite the crisis (10/12/2012)->http://www.cecop.coop/Jobs-in-Spanish-worker]