Euro zone: unemployment rate unchanged in June at 6.6%, still at its lowest

Euro zone: unemployment rate unchanged in June at 6.6%, still at its lowest

The unemployment rate in the euro zone remained unchanged in June at 6.6% of the working population, its historic low, the Eurostat institute announced on Monday.

This rate of 6.6%, already recorded in May, had been reached in April, according to revised figures from Eurostat.

The indicator is at its lowest since the European statistics office began compiling this series in April 1998.

For the whole of the European Union, the unemployment rate was 6.0%, a rate also identical to that recorded in May revised downwards, also a historic low.

Over one year in June, the unemployment rate fell by 1.3 points in the euro zone and by 1.2 in the EU.

Among young people (under 25), however, the unemployment rate increased in June by 0.4 points compared to May in the euro area and by 0.3 points in the EU, to stand at 13, 6% in the EU and the euro zone.

Some 12.93 million men and women remained unemployed in the 27 EU countries, including 10.92 million in the 19 countries sharing the single currency.

In the EU, the highest unemployment rates in June were recorded in Spain (12.6%), Greece (12.3%), Italy (8.1%) and Sweden (7.6%). %).

In France, 7.2% of the active population was unemployed, according to Eurostat data.

The Czech Republic (2.4%), Poland (2.7%) and Germany (2.8%) had the lowest unemployment rates.

The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed as a percentage of the labor force.

Eurostat figures are based on the International Labor Office (ILO) definition of unemployment.

Unemployed persons are those who have actively sought work in the previous four weeks and are available to start work in the next two weeks.


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