Monday, 31 July 2017

Unemployment rate in eurozone falls to 9.1%



The unemployment rate in the eurozone has fallen to its lowest since February 2009, according to the latest official figures.

 
The rate dropped to 9.1% last month, from a downwardly revised 9.2% in May.


Separately, inflation remained unchanged in July at 1.3%, according to a preliminary estimate from Eurostat, the European Union's statistics office.


However, core inflation, which excludes food, alcohol and energy prices, rose to 1.2% from 1.1% in June.


Inflation in the 19-nation bloc still remains well below the European Central Bank's target of close to, but below, 2%.


Unemployment fell in all 19 eurozone member countries except Estonia.


The lowest unemployment rates last month were in Germany at 3.8% and Malta at 4.1%.


Greece has the highest rate of unemployment in the eurozone at 21.7%, and also the highest rate of youth unemployment at 45.5%, although those figures refer to April - the latest data available for the country.


The second highest unemployment rate was 17.1% in Spain, which was down from 19.9% a year earlier.


Spain also had the second highest level of youth unemployment among 15-24 year olds at 39.2%.




BBC    News.