EUROSTAT Release: September 2013 Euro area unemployment rate
According to new data on unemployment, published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, the euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.2% in September 2013, stable compared with August.
The EU28 unemployment rate was 11.0%, also stable compared with August. In both zones, rates have risen compared with September 2012, when they were 11.6% and 10.6% respectively.
In September 2013, 26.872 million men and women were unemployed in the EU28, of whom 19.447 million were in the euro area. Compared with August 2013, the number of persons unemployed went up by 61 000 in the EU28 and by 60 000 in the euro area. Compared with September 2012, unemployment rose by 978 000 in the EU28 and by 996 000 in the euro area.
In September 2013, 5.584 million young persons (under 25) were unemployed in the EU28, of whom 3.548 million were in the euro area. Compared with September 2012, youth unemployment decreased by 57 000 in the EU28 but increased by 8 000 in the euro area. In September 2013, the youth unemployment rate was 23.5% in the EU28 and 24.1% in the euro area, compared with 23.1% and 23.6% respectively in September 2012. In September 2013, the lowest rates were observed in Germany (7.7%) and Austria (8.7%), and the highest in Greece (57.3% in July 2013), Spain (56.5%) and Croatia (52.8% in the third quarter of 2013).