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Euro area unemployment stable at 7.2%

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate stood at 7.2% in November 2007, unchanged compared with October. It was 7.9% in November 2006. The EU27 unemployment rate was 6.9% in November 2007, the same as in October. It was 7.7% in November 2006.

In November 2007, the lowest rates were registered in the Netherlands (2.9%) and Denmark (3.2%), and the highest in Slovakia (11.0%) and Poland (8.5%). These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Communities. Over the last year, twenty-three Member States recorded a fall in their unemployment rate, two an increase, and Luxembourg and Romania remained stable. The largest relative falls were observed in Poland (12.2% to 8.5%) and Bulgaria (8.2% to 5.8%). Increases were registered in Portugal (7.9% to 8.2%) and Ireland (4.2% to 4.3%).

The unemployment rate for males fell from 7.0% to 6.5% between November 2006 and November 2007 in the euro area and from 7.2% to 6.4% in the EU27. The female unemployment rate declined from 9.0% to 8.0% in the euro area and from 8.4% to 7.4% in the EU27. In November 2007, the unemployment rate for under-25s was 14.2% in the euro area and 14.9% in the EU27. In November 2006 it was 15.8% and 16.5% respectively. The lowest rates for under-25s were observed in the Netherlands (5.0%), Ireland (8.1%) and Austria (8.3%), and the highest in Greece (22.6% in the Q3 2007), Romania (21.6%) and Italy (20.2% in the Q3).

Eurostat estimates that 16.4 million men and women in the EU27, of which 11.0 million were in the euro area, were unemployed in November 2007. In November 2006, 18.3 million men and women in the EU27, of which 12.0 million were in the euro area, were unemployed. In November 2007, the unemployment rate was 4.7% in the USA and 3.8% in Japan. (Financial Mirror)