The eurozone debt crisis extracted a heavy price in Spain and Greece to start the year as labor markets in both countries continued to shed jobs.
The number of unemployed in Spain broke the 6 million barrier during the first quarter, a new record. The unemployment rate rose to 27.2%, according to data released Thursday by the government.
Spain's out-of-control unemployment is matched in Europe only by Greece, which posted a 27.2% jobless rate for January, the most recent month available.
Spain's economy, the fourth-largest in the eurozone, is much bigger than that of Greece, and more systemically important.
But the countries have been plagued by a similar concoction of budget deficits and economic stagnation. Both responded with austerity measures that have eased their debt problems but have hurt their economies.
Spain has been helped by a sharp decline in borrowing costs after the European Central Bank's announcement last year that it would backstop weaker eurozone states, as well as assistance from the European Union to prop up its banking industry.
With much of Europe stuck in a malaise, it's difficult to know when labor markets in struggling countries will start to improve.
Vaquero, for one, won't be picky. "The first job I get, will be the good one," he said.
-- CNN's Al Goodman contributed reporting to this article.