According to the EU’s statistical office, Eurostat, unemployment in the 28-member state EU stood at 6.7% in September 2018, the lowest monthly rate since January 2000. Eurostat also noted that the unemployment rate among the 19 EU states using the euro stood at 8.1 percent in September, the lowest since 2008.
Compared with September 2017, unemployment fell by 1.793 million in the EU-28 and by 1.309 million in the Euro Area.
Eurostat estimates that 16.574 million men and women in the EU-28, of whom 13.153 million were in the euro area (EA-19), were unemployed in September 2018. Compared with August 2018, the number of persons unemployed decreased by 35,000 in the EU-28 and increased by 2,000 in the euro area.
The lowest unemployment rates in September 2018 were recorded in the Czech Republic (2.3 %), Germany and Poland (both 3.4 %), Netherlands (3.7%) and Hungary (3.8%). The highest unemployment rates were observed in Greece (19.0 % in July 2018), Spain (14.9 %) and Italy (10.3%).
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