Friday, April 30, 2010

Unemployment March: Sweden still slightly below EU27

Graph 1: Change in the number of unemployed persons(compared to previous month, in thousands), seasonally adjusted

Graph 2: Unemployment rates in March 2010, seasonally adjusted

Unemployment statistics

Data from 30 April 2010, most recent data: Further Eurostat information, main tables and database.

Eurostat estimates that 23.130 million men and women in the EU, of whom 15.808 million were in the euro area (EA-16), were unemployed in March 2010. Compared with February 2010, the number of persons unemployed increased by 123 000 in the EU and by 101 000 in the euro area. Compared with March 2009, unemployment went up by 2.546 million in the EU and by 1.389 million in the euro area.
The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.0% in March 2010, the same as in February. It was 9.1% in March 2009. The EU unemployment rate was 9.6% in March 2010, unchanged compared with February. It was 8.5% in March 2009.
Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in the Netherlands (4.1%) and Austria (4.9%), and the highest rates in Latvia (22.3%) and Spain (19.1%).

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