In June, 26.424 million men and women in the European Union, of whom 19.266 million were in the Euro Area, were unemployed. Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in Austria (4.6 percent), Germany (5.4 percent) and Luxembourg (5.7 percent), and the highest in Greece (26.9 percent in April 2013) and Spain (26.3 percent).
Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate increased in seventeen Member States and fell in ten. The highest increases were registered in Cyprus (11.7 percent to 17.3 percent), Greece (23.1 percent to 26.9 percent between April 2012 and April 2013) and Slovenia (8.8 percent to 11.2 percent). The largest decreases were observed in Latvia (15.5 percent to 12.5 percent between the first quarters of 2012 and 2013) and Estonia (10.1 percent to 8.0 percent between May 2012 and May 2013).