European unemployment

European unemployment – July 2012: Eurostat

  • The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.3% in July 2012, stable compared with June. It was 10.1% in July 2011.
  • 18.002 million men and womenin the euro area were unemployed in July 2012
  • The highest increases in the unemployment rate were registered in Greece (16.8% to 23.1% between May 2011 and May 2012), Spain (21.7% to 25.1%) and Cyprus (7.7% to 10.9%).
  • The EU27 unemployment rate was 10.4% in July 2012, stable compared with June. It was 9.6% in July 2011.
  • 25.254 million men and women in the EU27 were unemployed in July 2012. Compared with July 2011, unemployment rose by 2.104 million in the EU27.
  • In July 2012, the unemployment rate was 8.3% in the USA.
  • In June 2012, the unemployment rate was 4.3% in Japan.
  • In July 2012, 5.468 million young persons (under 25) were unemployed in the EU27, of whom 3.388 million were in the euro area. Compared with July 2011, youth unemployment rose by 182 000 in the EU27 and by 204 000 in the euro area. In July 2012, the youth unemployment rate was 22.5% in the EU27 and 22.6% in the euro area. In July 2011, it was 21.3% and 20.7% respectively. In July 2012 the lowest rates were observed in Germany (8.0%), Austria (8.9%) and the Netherlands (9.2%), and the highest in Greece (53.8% in May 2012) and Spain (52.9%).
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