European unemployment

European unemployment, 08 201: Eurostat

  • The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate3 was 11.4% in August 2012, stable compared with July
  • The EU27 unemployment rate was 10.5% in August 2012, also stable compared with July
  • In both zones, rates have risen compared with August 2011, when they were 10.2% and 9.7% respectively
  • 25.466 million men and women in the EU27, of whom 18.196 million were in the euro area, were unemployed in August 2012
  • Compared with July 2012, the number of persons unemployed increased by 49 000 in the EU27 and by 34 000 in the euro area
  • Compared with August 2011, unemployment rose by 2.170 million in the EU27 and by 2.144 million in the euro area
  • The highest unemployment rate among member states was 25.1% in Spain
  • In August 2012, 5.458 million young persons (under 25) were unemployed in the EU27, of whom 3.392 million were in the euro area
  • Compared with August 2011, youth unemployment rose by 164 000 in the EU27 and by 213 000 in the euro area.
  • In August 2012, the youth unemployment rate was 22.7% in the EU27 and 22.8% in the euro area, compared with 21.5% and 20.7% respectively in August 2011. In August 2012 the lowest rates were observed in Germany (8.1%), the Netherlands (9.4%) and Austria (9.7%), and the highest in Greece (55.4% in June 2012) and Spain (52.9%).

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