Unemployment in the EU decreased to the level of 2009

The number of unemployed in the European Union in April 2016 decreased by 106 thousand compared to the previous month and amounted to 21.2 million, follows from the data of Eurostat. At the same time, in April 2015 of unemployed in the EU was 2 million more.

The unemployment rate in the EU decreased to 8.7% (8.8% in March 2016). The last time such figures were recorded in April 2009. At the same time in the Eurozone the unemployment rate amounted to 10.2%.

The lowest level of unemployment in the EU in April 2016 was recorded in the Czech Republic (4.1 percent), Germany (4,2%) and Malta (4,3). The highest — in Greece (24.2 per cent) and Spain (20.1 per cent).

Compared to the same period in 2015, most of all, the unemployment rate decreased in Cyprus (4.1%), Bulgaria (2.9%) and Spain (2.6%).

Also in the EU there is a decrease in the number of unemployed among young people — in April 2016 are not employed were 4.2 million young people under the age of 25 years, which is 495 thousand less than in April 2015.