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Euro area unemployment rate at 10.3% - EU 27 at 9.8%
January 6, 2012 - The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.3% in November 2011, unchanged compared with October. It was 10.0% in November 2010. The unemployment rate was 9.8% in November 2011, also unchanged compared with October. It was 9.6% in November 2010.

Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in Austria (4.0%), Luxembourg and the Netherlands (both 4.9%), and the highest in Spain (22.9%), Greece(18.8% in September 2011) and Lithuania (15.3% in the third quarter of 2011).

Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate fell in fourteen Member States and rose in thirteen. The largest falls were observed in Estonia (16.1% to 11.3% between the third quarters of 2010 and 2011), Latvia (18.2% to 14.8% between the third quarters of 2010 and 2011) and Lithuania (18.3% to 15.3% between the third quarters of 2010 and 2011). The highest increases were registered in Greece (13.3% to 18.8% between September 2010 and September 2011), Cyprus (6.0% to 9.1%) and Spain (20.4% to 22.9%).

In November 2011, the unemployment rate was 8.6% in the USA and 4.5% in Japan

Source: "Euro area unemployment rate at 10.3%", Europa, January 6, 2012


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