Euro area unemployment rate at 9.9% EU27 at 9.4%

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Euro area unemployment rate at 9.9% EU27 at 9.4%The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.9% in April 2011, unchanged compared with March. It was 10.2% in April 2010. The EU27 unemployment rate was 9.4% in April, compared with 9.5% in March. It was 9.7% in April 2010.

Eurostat estimates that 22.547 million men and women in the EU27, of whom 15.529 million were in the euro area, were unemployed in April 2011. Compared with March 2011, the number of persons unemployed fell by 165 000 in the EU27 and by 115 000 in the euro area. Compared with April 20105, unemployment decreased by 702 000 in the EU27 and by 457 000 in the euro area.

These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in the Netherlands and Austria (both 4.2%) and Luxembourg (4.5%), and the highest in Spain (20.7%), Lithuania (17.3% in the fourth quarter of 2010) and Latvia (17.2% in the fourth quarter of 2010). Malta stood at 6.3%.

Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate fell in seventeen Member States, increased in nine and remained stable in Luxembourg. The largest falls were observed in Estonia (18.8% to 13.8% between the first quarters of 2010 and 2011), Latvia (20.1% to 17.2 % between the fourth quarters of 2009 and 2010) and Sweden (9.1% to 7.4%). The highest increases were registered in Greece (10.2% to 14.1% between the fourth quarters of 2009 and 2010), Lithuania (15.8% to 17.3% between the fourth quarters of 2009 and 2010), Bulgaria (10.0% to 11.4%) and Ireland (13.3% to 14.7%). Malta 7.2% to 6.2%.

Between April 2010 and April 2011, the unemployment rate for males fell from 10.0% to 9.6% in the euro area and from 9.8% to 9.3% in the EU27. Malta stood at 6.2%. The female unemployment rate decreased from 10.3% to 10.2% in the euro area and from 9.6% to 9.5% in the EU27. Malta stood at 6.4%.

In April 2011, the youth unemployment rate (under-25s) was 19.6% in the euro area and 20.3% in the EU27. In April 2010 it was 21.1% and 21.2% respectively. The lowest rates were observed in the Netherlands (6.9%), Germany (7.9%) and Austria (8.7%), and the highest in Spain (44.4%), Greece (36.1% in the fourth quarter of 2010), Slovakia (35.6%) and Lithuania (34.1% in the fourth quarter of 2010). Malta stood at 10.8% in 2011 and 13.6% in April 2010.

In April 2011, the unemployment rate was 9.0% in the USA. In March 2011, it was 4.6% in Japan.

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