Euro Area Unemployment Rate  1995-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The jobless rate in the Euro Area was unchanged at 9.6 percent in January of 2017, the same as in December and in line with market expectations. It remains the lowest rate since May of 2009. A year earlier, unemployment was higher at 10.4 percent. Unemployment Rate in the Euro Area averaged 9.79 percent from 1995 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 12.10 percent in April of 2013 and a record low of 7.20 percent in March of 2008.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-01-09 10:00 AM Nov 9.8% 9.8% 9.8% 9.7%
2017-01-31 10:00 AM Dec 9.6% 9.7% 9.8% 9.7%
2017-03-02 10:00 AM Jan 9.6% 9.6% 9.6% 9.6%
2017-04-03 09:00 AM Feb 9.6% 9.5%
2017-05-02 09:00 AM Mar 9.5%
2017-05-31 09:00 AM Apr 9.5%




Euro Area Unemployment Rate Steady At Near 8-Year Low


The jobless rate in the Euro Area was unchanged at 9.6 percent in January of 2017, the same as in December and in line with market expectations. It remains the lowest rate since May of 2009. A year earlier, unemployment was higher at 10.4 percent.

15.620 million people were unemployed in the Euro Area in January, down by 56,000 from Decmeber of 2016 and by 1.101 million from a year earlier. 

Considering the European Union, the unemployment rate decreased to 8.1 percent from 8.2 percent in December and 8.9 percent a year earlier. It is the lowest level since January of 2009. 19.969 million men and women were unemployed, down by 96,000 from the previous month and by 1.733 million from January of 2016.

Among Member States, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in the Czech Republic (3.4 percent from 3.5 percent in December) and Germany (3.8 percent from 3.9 percent) and the highest in Greece (stable at 23 percent in November 2016) and Spain (18.2 percent from 18.4 percent). The jobless rate was steady in France (10 percent) and in Italy (11.9 percent).

Eurostat | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
3/2/2017 10:29:48 AM



Euro Area Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 9.60 9.60 12.10 7.20 percent [+]
Employed Persons 153.88 153.45 153.88 117.36 Million [+]
Unemployed Persons 15500.00 15452.00 19157.00 11336.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 4.80 5.00 6.30 2.70 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 20.00 20.90 24.70 14.90 percent [+]
Labour Costs 112.20 102.50 112.20 85.10 Index Points [+]
Productivity 103.60 103.40 103.60 82.60 Index Points [+]
Wages 1681.00 1676.00 1681.00 1302.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wage Growth 1.60 1.50 3.40 0.80 percent [+]
Population 339.89 338.52 339.89 260.38 Million [+]
Employment Change 0.30 0.20 0.80 -0.70 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 113544.60 112069.90 118857.50 107450.40 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 30655.90 30947.70 30947.70 19769.20 Thousand [+]
Retirement Age Men 64.63 64.48 64.63 62.47 [+]
Retirement Age Women 63.94 63.77 63.94 61.59 [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 57.20 57.00 57.30 55.00 percent [+]



Euro Area Unemployment Rate Notes

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 the latest reported value for - Euro Area Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Euro Area Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on March of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
9.60 9.60 12.10 7.20 1995 - 2017 percent Monthly
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Iran 12.70 Sep/16
Turkey 12.70 Dec/16
Brazil 12.60 Jan/17
Cape Verde 12.40 Dec/15
Egypt 12.40 Dec/16
Puerto Rico 12.10 Dec/16
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South Sudan 12.00 Dec/08
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Colombia 11.70 Jan/17
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Latvia 9.30 Dec/16
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Ukraine 9.20 Sep/16
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Mongolia 8.60 Dec/16
Poland 8.50 Feb/17
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Mali 8.20 Dec/14
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Belgium 7.70 Jan/17
Burundi 7.70 Dec/12
Peru 7.70 Feb/17
Argentina 7.60 Dec/16
Central African Republic 7.60 Dec/12
Guinea Bissau 7.60 Dec/13
Mauritius 7.60 Sep/16
Bolivia 7.40 Dec/13
Paraguay 7.40 Dec/16
Sweden 7.40 Feb/17
Honduras 7.30 Dec/15
Venezuela 7.30 Apr/16
Oman 7.20 Dec/14
Comoros 7.00 Dec/12
El Salvador 7.00 Dec/15
Brunei 6.90 Dec/14
Togo 6.90 Dec/13
Haiti 6.80 Dec/14
Nicaragua 6.80 Dec/14
Swaziland 6.70 Dec/13
Burkina Faso 6.60 Dec/14
Canada 6.60 Feb/17
Estonia 6.60 Dec/16
Ireland 6.60 Feb/17
Malawi 6.60 Dec/13
Philippines 6.60 Mar/17
Lebanon 6.40 Dec/14
Chile 6.20 Jan/17
Luxembourg 6.10 Feb/17
Australia 5.90 Feb/17
Pakistan 5.90 Dec/15
Saudi Arabia 5.70 Sep/16
Indonesia 5.61 Sep/16
Cayman Islands 5.60 Dec/15
Chad 5.60 Dec/13
Panama 5.60 Dec/16
Russia 5.60 Feb/17
Romania 5.40 Jan/17
Ivory Coast 5.30 Dec/13
Netherlands 5.30 Feb/17
Ecuador 5.20 Dec/16
Ghana 5.20 Dec/13
New Zealand 5.20 Dec/16
Czech Republic 5.10 Feb/17
Azerbaijan 5.00 Dec/15
India 4.90 Dec/13
Kazakhstan 4.90 Feb/17
United Kingdom 4.70 Jan/17
United States 4.70 Feb/17
Sri Lanka 4.50 Sep/16
Trinidad and Tobago 4.40 Jun/16
Bangladesh 4.30 Dec/14
Hungary 4.30 Jan/17
Israel 4.30 Feb/17
Denmark 4.20 Jan/17
Malta 4.20 Dec/16
Norway 4.20 Jan/17
Seychelles 4.20 Dec/15
United Arab Emirates 4.20 Dec/12
North Korea 4.10 Dec/14
China 4.02 Dec/16
Myanmar 4.02 Dec/13
Cameroon 4.00 Dec/13
South Korea 4.00 Feb/17
Taiwan 3.83 Feb/17
Germany 3.80 Jan/17
Liberia 3.80 Dec/14
Moldova 3.80 Dec/16
Uganda 3.80 Dec/13
Bahrain 3.70 Dec/12
Mexico 3.60 Jan/17
Switzerland 3.60 Feb/17
Malaysia 3.50 Jan/17
Hong Kong 3.30 Feb/17
Sierra Leone 3.30 Dec/14
Guatemala 3.10 Jun/16
Iceland 3.10 Feb/17
Japan 3.00 Jan/17
Nepal 3.00 Dec/14
Bhutan 2.50 Dec/16
Papua New Guinea 2.50 Dec/14
Cuba 2.40 Dec/15
Liechtenstein 2.40 Dec/15
Tajikistan 2.30 Dec/16
Niger 2.25 Dec/08
Kuwait 2.20 Dec/15
Kyrgyzstan 2.20 Dec/16
Singapore 2.20 Dec/16
Vietnam 2.14 Sep/16
Macau 2.00 Jan/17
Guinea 1.70 Dec/13
Laos 1.40 Dec/14
Madagascar 1.20 Dec/12
Thailand 1.20 Jan/17
Benin 1.00 Dec/13
Belarus 0.90 Feb/17
Cambodia 0.50 Dec/15
Qatar 0.20 Sep/16