Eurostat: EU unemployment rate at 9.7% in April

Eurostat: EU unemployment rate at 9.7% in April

Unemployment in April 2010 in the European Union was 9.7 per cent, unchanged from the previous month, data from the EU's statistics office Eurostat showed on June 1 2010.According to the report, there were about 23.3 million unemployed people in the 27 members of the EU, of whom 15.86 million were in the 16-country euro area.On annual basis, the ranks of the unemployed swelled by 2.4 million in the EU over the 12 months ending in April 2010, of which 1.28 million were in the euro area.The lowest unemployment levels were recorded in The Netherlands, where the unemployment rate was at 4.1 per cent, followed by Austria at 4.9 per cent. On the opposite side, the highest unemployment was recorded in Latvia (22.5 per cent), Spain (19.7 per cent) and Estonia (19 per cent).Unemployment in Bulgaria in April stood at 9.95 per cent, while the estimates for May showed a decrease to 9.53 per cent, according to Labour Minister Totyo Mladenov.In relation to last year, one country - Germany - showed a fall in unemployment, from 7.6 to 7.1 per cent, while an increase in unemployment was recorded in every other country of the union, Eurostat said.The mildest rise of unemployment was observed in Luxembourg, from 5.3 to 5.4 per cent, and Malta, from 6.9 to 7.0 per cent, whereas the sharpest increases were in Estonia - 11 per cent to 19 per cent between April 2009 and April 2010, followed by Latvia - 15.4 to 22.5 per cent, and Lithuania - 11.2 to 17.4 per cent over the same period of time.

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