EUROSTAT Release: Unemployment in the EU27 regions in 2012
According to new data on regional unemployment, published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, regional unemployment rates varied widely across the 270 NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) regions of the EU27 in 2012, with the lowest rates recorded in the regions of Salzburg and Tirol (both 2.5%) in Austria and Tübingen, Oberbayern and Trier (all 2.7%) in Germany. The highest rates were registered in the regions of Ceuta (38.5%), Andalucía (34.6%), Extremadura and Canarias (both 33.0%) in Spain and Dytiki Makedonia (29.9%) in Greece.
Among the regions, 53 had an unemployment rate of less than 5.2% in 2012, half the average for the EU27. They included twenty-two regions in Germany, eight out of nine regions in Austria, seven regions in the Netherlands, five in the United Kingdom, four in Belgium, three in Romania, two in the Czech Republic, one in Italy and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. At the other extreme, 25 regions had a rate higher than 20.8%, double that of the EU27: eleven regions in Spain, ten regions in Greece and four French Overseas Departments.
In the EU27 in 2012 the female unemployment rate was slightly higher than the male rate (10.5% compared with 10.4%).
The average unemployment rate for young people aged between 15 and 24 in the EU27 was 22.9%.
In the EU27 in 2012, the lowest rates for young people were recorded in the German regions of Oberbayern (4.2%), Tübingen (4.5%) and Freiburg (4.8%), and the highest in Dytiki Makedonia (72.5%) in Greece, Ceuta (70.6%) and Canarias (62.6%) in Spain. In almost three quarters of the EU27 regions, the unemployment rate for young people was at least twice that for total unemployment.
In almost one fifth of the regions, more than half of the unemployed had been out of work for at least a year.