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The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.2% in March 2016, down from 10.4% in February 2016, and from 11.2% in March 2015. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since August 2011 ...EUROSTAT

29/04/2016                                         Press Release

March 2016 Euro area unemployment down to 10.2% EU28 at 8.8% 


The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.2% in March 2016, down from 10.4% in February 2016, and from 11.2% in March 2015. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since August 2011. 

The EU28 unemployment rate was 8.8% in March 2016, down from 8.9% in February 2016, and from 9.7% in March 2015. This is the lowest rate recorded in the EU28 for seven years, since April 2009. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Eurostat estimates that 21.419 million men and women in the EU28, of whom 16.437 million were in the euro area, were unemployed in March 2016. Compared with February 2016, the number of persons unemployed decreased by 250 000 in the EU28 and by 226 000 in the euro area. Compared with March 2015, unemployment fell by 2.091 million in the EU28 and by 1.477 million in the euro area.

 Member States 
Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates in March 2016 were recorded in the Czech Republic (4.1%) and Germany (4.2%). The highest unemployment rates were observed in Greece (24.4% in January 2016) and Spain (20.4%). Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate in March 2016 fell in twenty-five Member States and increased in Austria (from 5.6% to 5.8%), Latvia (from 9.8% to 9.9%) and Finland (from 9.2% to 9.3%). The largest decreases were registered in Cyprus (from 16.2% to 12.1%), Bulgaria (from 10.0% to 7.3%) and Spain (from 23.0% to 20.4%). In March 2016, the unemployment rate in the United States was 5.0%, up from 4.9% in February 2016, and down from 5.5% in March 2015.




Youth unemployment
In March 2016, 4.287 million young persons (under 25) were unemployed in the EU28, of whom 2.936 million were in the euro area. Compared with March 2015, youth unemployment decreased by 498 000 in the EU28 and by 286 000 in the euro area. In March 2016, the youth unemployment rate was 19.1% in the EU28 and 21.2% in the euro area, compared with 20.9% and 22.7% respectively in March 2015. In March 2016, the lowest rates were observed in Germany (6.9%), the Czech Republic and Malta (both 9.8%), and the highest in Greece (51.9% in January 2016), Spain (45.5%), Croatia (39.0% in the first quarter 2016) and Italy (36.7%).


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