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Unemployment in Eurozone drops below 10%

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By Robert Hackwill  with Eurostat
Unemployment in Eurozone drops below 10%

<p>Some cheer for the millions of unemployed Europeans with the news <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Unemployment_statistics">Eurozone unemployment</a> has fallen to below 10% for the first time since 2011. The peak was 12.1% in 2013, but it is still well above the 7.2% the Eurozone enjoyed in March 2008.</p> <p>Hotspots remain, of course, in places like Spain, which did see the sharpest decrease, Portugal and Greece, and France’s rate remains stubbornly high, but of the 17 eurozone nations reporting 14 saw unemployment fall. Only Malta saw a slight rise.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Lowest unemployment rate in euro area and in the EU since 2009 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eurostat?src=hash">#Eurostat</a> <a href="https://t.co/IYN7nFMobK">https://t.co/IYN7nFMobK</a> <a href="https://t.co/miFXTolFl0">pic.twitter.com/miFXTolFl0</a></p>— EU_Eurostat (@EU_Eurostat) <a href="https://twitter.com/EU_Eurostat/status/804263781324890112">1 décembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>For the EU as a whole the unemployment rate is 8.3%, the lowest since February 2009.<br /> Of the 28 member states the rate was stable in Italy, and worse in Austria, Denmark and <br /> Estonia. All the other economies added jobs.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">13% of people in the EU cannot afford to get together with friends/family for a drink or meal once a month <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eurostat?src=hash">#Eurostat</a> <a href="https://t.co/9CjM28rgHF">https://t.co/9CjM28rgHF</a> <a href="https://t.co/kKThCTyy33">pic.twitter.com/kKThCTyy33</a></p>— EU_Eurostat (@EU_Eurostat) <a href="https://twitter.com/EU_Eurostat/status/804264037269655553">1 décembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>However youth unemployment remains at double or even more the average, and compared to the <span class="caps">USA</span> or Japan, overall unemployment is higher.</p>