Euro Area Unemployment Rate  1995-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Eurozone was recorded at 10.2 percent in April of 2016 unchanged from previous month's unrevised level and down from 11 percent reported a year earlier. It remained at its lowest level since August of 2011. Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in the Czech Republic (4.1 percent), Germany (4.2 percent) and Malta (4.3 percent); while the highest unemployment rates were observed in Greece (24.2 percent in February 2016) and Spain (20.1 percent). Unemployment Rate in the Euro Area averaged 9.78 percent from 1995 until 2016, 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. Unemployment Rate in the Euro Area is reported by the Eurostat.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
10.20 10.20 12.10 7.20 1995 - 2016 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 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 June of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-04-04 09:00 AM Feb 10.3% 10.4% 10.3% 10.2%
2016-04-29 09:00 AM Mar 10.2% 10.4% 10.3% 10.3%
2016-05-31 09:00 AM Apr 10.2% 10.2% 10.2% 10.2%
2016-07-01 09:00 AM May 10.2% 10.1% 10.1%
2016-07-29 09:00 AM Jun 10.1%
2016-08-31 09:00 AM Jul 10%

Euro Area Jobless Rate Steady at 10.2%


The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Eurozone was recorded at 10.2 percent in April of 2016 unchanged from previous month's unrevised level and down from 11 percent reported a year earlier. It remained at its lowest level since August of 2011.

The EU28 unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, down from 8.8 percent in March and from 9.6 percent a year earlier. This is the lowest rate recorded in the EU28 since April 2009. 

Eurostat estimates that 21.224 million men and women in the EU28, of whom 16.420 million were in the euro area, were unemployed in April 2016. Compared with March 2016, the number of persons unemployed decreased by 106 000 in the EU28 and by 63 000 in the euro area. Compared with April 2015, unemployment fell by 2.096 million in the EU28 and by 1.309 million in the euro area.

Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in the Czech Republic (4.1 percent), Germany (4.2 percent) and Malta (4.3 percent). The highest unemployment rates were observed in Greece (24.2 percent in February 2016) and Spain (20.1 percent). Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate in April 2016 fell in twenty-five Member States, remained stable in Belgium and increased in Estonia (6.8 percent in March 2016 from 6.7% in March 2015) and Latvia (9.6 percent from 9.5 percent). The largest decreases were registered in Cyprus (11.6 percent from 15.7 percent), Bulgaria (7.1 percent from 10 percent) and Spain (20.1 percent from 22.7 percent).

There were 4.235 million young persons (under 25) were unemployed in the EU28, of whom 2.932 million were in the euro area. Compared with April 2015, youth unemployment decreased by 495 000 in the EU28 and by 261 000 in the euro area. The youth unemployment rate was 18.8 percent in the EU28 and 21.1 percent in the euro area, compared with 20.7 percent and 22.5 percent respectively in April 2015. The lowest rates were observed in Germany (7 percent), Malta (8.9 percent) and the Czech Republic (9.5 percent), and the highest in Greece (51.4 percent in February 2016), Spain (45 percent), Croatia (38.9 percent in the first quarter 2016) and Italy (36.9 percent).

Eurostat | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
5/31/2016 10:17:28 AM

Euro Area Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 10.20 10.20 12.10 7.20 percent [+]
Unemployed Persons 16299.00 16311.00 19167.00 11295.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 152.62 152.10 152.62 117.36 Million [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 5.40 5.20 6.30 2.70 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 21.10 21.20 24.60 14.90 percent [+]
Productivity 102.60 102.50 102.60 84.50 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 106.03 105.98 106.03 78.93 Index Points [+]
Wages 1681.00 1676.00 1681.00 1302.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wage Growth 1.80 1.50 3.80 0.90 percent [+]
Population 338.47 337.47 338.47 260.38 Million [+]
Full Time Employment 110933.10 111313.10 118857.50 107443.80 Thousand [+]
Employment Change 0.30 0.30 0.60 -0.70 percent [+]
Part Time Employment 30508.20 30232.00 30544.60 19769.20 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 56.90 56.80 57.30 55.00 percent [+]
Retirement Age Men 64.63 64.48 64.63 62.47 [+]
Retirement Age Women 63.94 63.77 63.94 61.59 [+]




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