The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.1% in June 2017, down from 9.2% in May 2017 and down from 10.1% in June 2016. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since February 2009.
The EU28 unemployment rate was 7.7% in June 2017, stable compared to May 2017 and down from 8.6% in June 2016. This remains the lowest rate recorded in the EU28 since December 2008:
- Compared with May 2017, the number of persons unemployed decreased by 183 000 in the EU28 and by 148 000 in the euro area.
- Compared with June 2016, unemployment fell by 2.368 million in the EU28 and by 1.667 million in the euro area.
Among the Member States,
- the lowest unemployment rates in June 2017 were recorded in the Czech Republic (2,9%), Germany (3.8%) and Malta (4.1%).
- Hhighest unemployment rates in Greece (21.7% in April 2017) and Spain (17.1%).
Compared with a year ago,
- the unemployment rate fell in all Member States, except Estonia which showed an increase (from 6.5% in May 2016 to 6.9% in May 2017).
- Largest decreases in Spain (from 19.9% to 17.1%) and Croatia (from 13.3% to 10.6%).
Source: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat