Magazine article European Social Policy

Unemployment : Eu and Eurozone Jobless Rates Unchanged

Magazine article European Social Policy

Unemployment : Eu and Eurozone Jobless Rates Unchanged

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The eurozone seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.9% in April 2011, unchanged from March and lower than its 10.2% level in April 2010. The EU27 rate was 9.4% in April 2011, compared with 9.5% in March 2011 and 9.7% in April 2010.

According to Eurostat estimates, 22.547 million men and women were jobless in April 2011 in the EU27, among them 15.529 million in the eurozone.

Among the member states, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in the Netherlands and Austria (both 4.2%) and Luxembourg (4.5%), and the highest in Spain (20.7%), Lithuania (17.3% in the fourth quarter of 2010) and Latvia (17.2% in the fourth quarter of 2010).

Compared with a year ago, the largest falls were observed in Estonia (18.8% to 13.8% between the first quarters of 2010 and 2011), Latvia (20.1% to 17.2 % between the fourth quarters of 2009 and 2010) and Sweden (9. …

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