Eurozone Unemployment


Eurozone: Unemployment rate drops for first time in five months

June 3, 2014

According to data released by Eurostat on 3 June, the number of unemployed fell by 76,000 people in April. The drop followed the 31,000 decrease that was recorded in March. As a result, the unemployment rate inched down from 11.8% in March to 11.7% in April. The figure marked the first drop in the unemployment rate in five months and surprised market analysts who expected the unemployment rate to remain stable at 11.8%. Despite the fact that the unemployment rate is now hovering at the lowest value in 17 months, it is still very close to the region’s all-time record high of 12.0%.

Divergences in labor market developments between the core European nations and the peripheral economies persist. Greece (26.5%, February data), Spain (25.1%) and Cyprus (16.4%) were the Euro area members with the highest unemployment rates. At the other end of the spectrum, Austria (4.9%), Germany (5.2%) and Luxembourg (6.1%) recorded the lowest unemployment rates. Among the remaining major economies, Italy had the highest jobless rate with 12.6%, followed by France at 10.4%.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect the unemployment rate to average 11.8% in 2014, which is down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2015, the panel expects the unemployment rate to average 11.2%.

Author:, Head of Data Solutions

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Euro Unemployment April 2014

Note: Unemployment, % of active population. Data for Greece refer to February, data for Estonia and Latvia refer to March.
Source: Eurostat.

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