Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Eurozone jobless rate hits record high

Unemployment in the eurozone reached a record high again in March as spending cuts continued to hit the working population. Eurostat says that the jobless rate rose again to 10.9%, the highest since the euro was formed in 1999.
17.4 million are now looking for work and more than 3 million of those are under 25.
Italy's unemployment rate reached a 12-year high, up to 9.8% and, in a surprise move, the jobless rate in Germany rose to 6.8% in March, official figures showed, having been expected to stay at the previous month's 6.7% after six months of declines. The number of Germans out of work is now at 2.87 million.
For the whole of the European Union, including countries such as the UK and Denmark, the jobless rate is 10.2%. Last week, Spain said that the number of jobseekers rose for the eighth month in a row in March to hit 5.6 million, a record rate of 24.4%.
Spain has the highest unemployment rate in the European Union and it is expected to rise further this year.
A debate is raging in Europe about whether politicians have prioritised austerity at the expense of economic growth, making recovery even harder for themselves.
Eurostat said that the EU member countries that had the biggest falls in unemployment in the past year were Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and those with the biggest increases were Spain, Greece and Cyprus.
Separately, a survey of eurozone manufacturing indicated that the sector slipped further into decline last month as new orders fell for the 11th straight month.


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