Eurozone Unemployment September 2018


Eurozone: Unemployment rate unchanged in September

October 31, 2018

According to data released by Eurostat, labor market conditions in the common currency bloc were broadly stable in September. The number of unemployed people decreased 35,000, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at August’s 8.1%. The unemployment rate is resting at the lowest rate since November 2008.

Looking at the countries with data available, several countries saw their unemployment rates unchanged in September, including major players France and Germany. However, Italy saw its unemployment rate rise, while eight economies saw their unemployment rates fall, including Spain.

Despite the overall improvement in the Eurozone over recent years, disparities in the labor market among countries persist. Greece is the economy in the Eurozone with by far the highest unemployment rate (19.0%, data refers to July), followed by Spain (14.9%) and Italy (10.1%). At the other end of the spectrum, Germany (3.4%) and the Netherlands (3.7%) have the lowest unemployment rates.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect the unemployment rate to average 7.9% in 2019, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast. For 2020, the panel expects the unemployment rate to average 7.6%.


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Euro Unemployment September 2018

Note: Unemployment, % of active population. Data for Estonia refers to August and Greece refers to July.
Source: Eurostat.

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