European unemployment rates were lower in May due to stronger job creation in Germany and Spain. The average was 8.8% for the whole EU, down from 8.9% in April. The lowest rates were registered in Ireland – 4.2%. The highest was Poland at 17.8%.
Fourteen EU member states, recorded a decrease in unemployment over the past year, two remained stable and nine reported an increase. The totals show employers are still reluctant to add to their pay rolls with the region’s uncertain economic outlook.