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Unemployment in Euro-zone remained at record high 12.2% in September

Saturday, November 2nd 2013 - 15:55 UTC
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But youth unemployment in Spain and Greece hovered over 56% But youth unemployment in Spain and Greece hovered over 56%

The unemployment rate in the 17-nation Euro-zone remained at a record high of 12.2% in September as the bloc’s recent recovery failed to generate new jobs, official data shows. The number rose by 60,000 to 19.45 million, while the jobless rate for those aged under 25 edged up to 24.1% from 24% in August, according to Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency.

 The August jobless rate was revised up from 12%. Analysts had widely expected the rate to remain at that level in September, so the new figures show Europe’s recovery is still too tepid.

“The latest figures put a dent in hopes that the labor market may have reached a turning point,” said analyst Ben May of Capital Economic.

The unemployment rate for the wider 28-nation European Union, in turn, remained unchanged on the month at 11%, according to Eurostat.

Youth unemployment rates are lowest in Germany and Austria, with 7.7% and 8.7%, and highest in Europe’s southern economies, which have been hit hard by the debt crisis and government austerity measures. They were around 57% in Greece and 56% in Spain.

The overall unemployment rate showed similar disparities. Germany and Austria had low rates of 5%. By contrast, joblessness was 26.6% in Spain. In Greece, where the latest figures available were for July - it stood at 27.6%.

The Euro zone’s economy grew by 0.3% in the second quarter compared with the previous three-month period, bringing it out of a recession that saw six straight quarterly declines. But the recovery is expected to be slow.

The European Central Bank’s benchmark interest rate stands at a record-low 0.5% and appears likely to stay flat amid a slow recovery and an inflation rate well below its targeted ceiling of 2%, analysts say.

The Euro-zone’s annual inflation rate dropped to 0.7% in October from 1.1% a month earlier, Eurostat said.

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  • Brasileiro

    I thought Europe was rich. But is very poor. The worst thing a person's life is to be poor in old age.

    Nov 02nd, 2013 - 04:14 pm 0
  • LEPRecon

    @1 Basileiro

    Well the Eurozone allowed in countries whose economies weren't ready for it: Spain, Portugal, Greece and Ireland.

    Since the economies of the above mentioned countries have basically imploded, it has put a heavy burden on the other countries of the Eurozone.

    Thankfully the UK didn't join the Euro, so isn't affected by their reliance on the Euro.

    Nov 02nd, 2013 - 04:25 pm 0
  • Brasileiro

    @ 2 LEPRecon

    And trade with Europe still strong? Why Britain has a deficit of 130 billion dollars in 2011? What did you buy? What do you sell?

    Nov 02nd, 2013 - 04:54 pm 0
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