Euro area unemployment falls to 7.1% from 7.2% in March


Euro area (EA13) seasonally-adjusted unemployment stood at 7.1% in April 2007, compared with 7.2% in March. It was 8.0% in April 2006.

Euro area (EA13) seasonally-adjusted unemployment stood at 7.1% in April 2007, compared with 7.2% in March. It was 8.0% in April 2006. The EU271 unemployment rate was also 7.1% in April 2007, compared with 7.2% in March. It was 8.0% in April 2006.

In April 2007, the lowest rates were registered in the Netherlands (3.3%), Denmark (3.4% in March) and Ireland (4.0%). Unemployment rates were highest in Poland (11.2%) and Slovakia (10.5%).

Twenty-two Member States recorded a fall in their unemployment rate over a year, four an increase and in Romania the unemployment rate was stable. The largest relative falls were observed in Estonia (6.3% to 4.7%), Slovenia (6.4% to 4.8%) and Slovakia (13.8% to 10.5%). The highest relative increases were registered in Hungary (7.3% to 8.2%) and Portugal (7.6% to 8.0%).

Eurostat estimates that 16.7 million men and women in the EU27, of which 10.6 million were in the euro area, were unemployed in April 2007. In April 2006, 18.7 million men and women in the EU27, of which 11.8 million were in the euro area, were unemployed.


EUROSTAT
6/6/2007 5:49:38 PM