Some cheer for the millions of unemployed Europeans with the news Eurozone unemployment 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.
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.
For the EU as a whole the unemployment rate is 8.3%, the lowest since February 2009.
Of the 28 member states the rate was stable in Italy, and worse in Austria, Denmark and
Estonia. All the other economies added jobs.
However youth unemployment remains at double or even more the average, and compared to the USA or Japan, overall unemployment is higher.