Euro Area Unemployment Rate  1995-2018 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The unemployment rate in the Euro Area decreased slightly to 8.5 percent in April 2018, following an upwardly revised 8.6 percent in March and compared with market expectations of 8.4 percent. It remains the lowest the lowest jobless rate since December 2008, well below 9.2 percent a year earlier. Unemployment Rate in the Euro Area averaged 9.74 percent from 1995 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 12.10 percent in February of 2013 and a record low of 7.30 percent in October of 2007.

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Euro Area Jobless Rate Drops to 8.5% in April


The unemployment rate in the Euro Area decreased slightly to 8.5 percent in April 2018, following an upwardly revised 8.6 percent in March and compared with market expectations of 8.4 percent. It remains the lowest the lowest jobless rate since December 2008, well below 9.2 percent a year earlier.

13.880 million people were unemployed in the Euro Area in April 2018, down by 56,000 from the previous month and by 1.088 million a year ago.

Considering the European Union, the unemployment rate was steady at 7.1 percent, the lowest level since September 2008.  In April 2017, it was higher at 7.8 percent. Eurostat estimates showed that 17.462 million men and  women were unemployed, down by 53,000 from March and by 1.633 million from a year earlier.

Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates in April 2018 were recorded in the Czech Republic
(2.2 percent), Malta (3.0 percent) and Germany (3.4 percent). The highest unemployment rates were observed in Greece (20.8 percent in February 2018) and Spain (15.9 percent).


Eurostat | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com
5/31/2018 9:21:17 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-04-04 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 8.5% 8.6% 8.5% 8.6%
2018-05-02 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 8.5% 8.5% 8.5% 8.5%
2018-05-31 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 8.5% 8.6% 8.4% 8.5%
2018-07-02 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 8.5% 8.5%
2018-07-31 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 8.5%
2018-08-31 09:00 AM Unemployment Rate 8.4%


Euro Area Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 8.50 8.60 12.10 7.30 percent [+]
Unemployed Persons 13780.00 13716.00 19194.00 11409.00 Thousand [+]
Employed Persons 157.21 156.65 157.21 117.36 Million [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 4.10 4.20 6.30 2.70 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 17.20 17.30 24.70 14.80 percent [+]
Productivity 105.30 105.00 105.30 82.60 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 102.50 114.00 114.00 85.10 Index Points [+]
Wage Growth 1.80 1.60 3.40 0.80 percent [+]
Population 341.01 339.89 341.01 260.38 Million [+]
Employment Change 0.40 0.30 0.80 -0.70 percent [+]
Part Time Employment 31347.80 30970.40 31472.90 19769.20 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 57.30 57.30 57.30 55.00 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 114569.50 115235.60 118899.50 107473.60 Thousand [+]
Retirement Age Men 64.36 64.27 64.36 62.24 [+]
Retirement Age Women 63.96 63.86 63.96 61.66 [+]


Euro Area Unemployment Rate

In Euro Area, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - Euro Area Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Euro Area Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
8.50 8.60 12.10 7.30 1995 - 2018 percent Monthly
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unemployment rate by Country
Country Last
Spain 16.74 Mar/18
Brazil 12.90 Apr/18
Italy 11.20 Apr/18
Turkey 10.10 Mar/18
France 9.20 Mar/18
Euro Area 8.50 Apr/18
Canada 5.80 May/18
Australia 5.40 May/18
Indonesia 5.13 Mar/18
Russia 4.90 Apr/18
United Kingdom 4.20 Apr/18
South Korea 4.00 May/18
Netherlands 3.90 Apr/18
China 3.89 Mar/18
United States 3.80 May/18
India 3.52 Dec/17
Germany 3.40 Apr/18
Mexico 3.40 Apr/18
Japan 2.50 Apr/18
Switzerland 2.40 May/18


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