Unemployment in Eurozone

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Eurozone - Unemployment

Unemployment rate inches down in August

Labor market conditions in the common currency bloc tightened in August, according to data released by Eurostat. The number of unemployed people decreased by 115,000, and the unemployment rate dipped from 7.5% in July to 7.4% in August. The result marks the lowest unemployment rate since May 2008.

Looking at the countries with data available, eight economies saw their unemployment rates edge down in August, including Italy. In contrast, four economies, including the Netherlands saw their unemployment rates rise.

Despite a large overall improvement in the Eurozone over recent years, disparities in the labor market among core and periphery countries persist. Greece is the economy in the Eurozone with by far the highest unemployment rate (17.0%, data refers to June), followed by Spain (13.8%). At the other end of the spectrum, Germany (3.1%), Malta (3.3%) and the Netherlands (3.5%) have the lowest unemployment rates.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect the unemployment rate to average 7.7% in 2019, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast. For 2020, the panel expects the unemployment rate to average 7.5%.

Eurozone - Unemployment Data

2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  
Unemployment Rate12.0  11.6  10.9  10.0  9.1  

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Euro Unemployment
Note: Unemployment in % of active population.
Source: Eurostat.

Eurozone Facts

ValueChangeDate
Exchange Rate1.100.65 %Sep 04
Stock Market1,175-0.52 %Sep 04

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