Euro Area Unemployment Rate 1995-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar

Unemployment Rate In the Euro Area remained unchanged at 11.30 percent in March of 2015 from 11.30 percent in February of 2015. Unemployment Rate in the Euro Area averaged 9.71 percent from 1995 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 12 percent in February of 2013 and a record low of 7.20 percent in March of 2008. Unemployment Rate in the Euro Area is reported by the Eurostat.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
11.30 11.30 12.00 7.20 1995 - 2015 percent Monthly
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In Euro Area, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides - Euro Area Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Content for - Euro Area Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-03-02 10:00 AM Jan 11.2% 11.3%(R) 11.4% 11.4%
2015-03-31 10:00 AM Feb 11.3% 11.4% (R) 11.2% 11.1%
2015-04-30 10:00 AM Mar 11.3% 11.3% 11.2% 11.3%
2015-06-03 10:00 AM Apr 11.3% 11.3%
2015-06-30 10:00 AM May 11.3%
2015-07-31 10:00 AM Jun 11.2%


Euro Area Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 11.3%


The Euro Area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.3% in March, stable compared with February 2015 but down from 11.7% in March 2014.

Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rate in March 2015 was recorded in Germany (4.7%), and the highest in Greece (25.7% in January 2015) and Spain (23.0%).

The European Union (EU28) unemployment rate was 9.8%, stable compared with the previous month. Eurostat estimates that 23.748 million men and women in the EU28, of whom 18.105 million in the Euro Area, were unemployed in March. Compared with February, the number of persons unemployed decreased by 75 000 in the EU28 and by 36 000 in the Euro Area. Compared with March 2014, unemployment fell by 1.523 million in the EU28 and by 679 000 in the Euro Area.

Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate fell in twenty-two Member States, increased in five and remained stable in Austria. The largest decreases were registered in Ireland (12.0% to 9.8%), Spain (25.1% to 23.0%) and Poland (9.6% to 7.7%). The increases were registered in Croatia (17.3% to 18.2%), Finland (8.4% to 9.1%), Italy (12.4% to 13.0%), France (10.1% to 10.6%) and Belgium (8.4% to 8.5%).

The youth unemployment rate was 20.9% in the EU28 and 22.7% in the Euro Area, compared with 22.8% and 24.2% respectively in March 2014. The lowest rates were observed in Germany (7.2%), Austria (10.5%), Denmark and the Netherlands (both 10.8%), and the highest in Greece (50.1% in January 2015), Spain (50.1%), Croatia (45.5% in the first quarter 2015) and Italy (43.1%).

Eurostat | Nuno Fontes | nuno@tradingeconomics.com
4/30/2015 10:08:46 AM


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Euro Area Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 11.30 11.30 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
Employed Persons 148.63 148.43 150.37 117.36 Million [+]
Unemployed Persons 17966.00 18057.00 19203.00 11369.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 6.10 5.90 6.30 2.80 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 22.70 22.80 24.60 14.90 percent [+]
Productivity 102.00 101.80 102.10 84.50 Index Points [+]
Wages 1681.00 1676.00 1681.00 1302.00 EUR/Month [+]
Labour Costs 105.39 105.11 105.39 79.03 Index Points [+]
Population 334.57 333.11 334.57 260.38 Million [+]
Employment Change 0.10 0.20 0.60 -0.70 percent [+]
Retirement Age Men 64.63 64.48 64.63 62.47 [+]
Retirement Age Women 63.94 63.77 63.94 61.59 [+]
Wage Growth 1.00 1.40 4.40 0.80 percent [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.20 Apr/15 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 6.40 Apr/15 6.20 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Apr/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Mar/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.30 Mar/15 11.30 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Nov/14 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Mar/15 4.70 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 13.00 Mar/15 12.70 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.40 Mar/15 3.50 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 3.86 Mar/15 4.33 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.00 Apr/15 7.00 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.80 Apr/15 5.90 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Apr/15 3.70 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.78 Feb/15 23.70 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.30 Apr/15 3.40 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 11.20 Feb/15 11.30 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.50 Mar/15 5.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.40 Apr/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]