(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The unemployment rate in the 27-member European Union (EU) was 10.3% in May, compared with 10.2% in April. It was 9.5% in May 2011.
The unemployment rate in the 17-member euro area was 11.1% in May, compared with 11.0% in April. It was 10.0% in May 2011, according to figures released Monday by Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.
Eurostat estimated that 24.868 million men and women in the EU, of whom 17.
561 million were in the euro area, were unemployed in May.
Compared with April 2012, the number of people unemployed increased by 151, 000 in the EU and by 88,000 in the euro area.
Compared with May, unemployment rose by 1.95 million in the EU and by 1.820 million in the euro area.
Among the EU Member States, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in Austria (4.1%), the Netherlands (5.1%), Luxembourg (5.4%) and Germany (5.6%), and the highest in Spain (24.6%) and Greece (21.9%).
Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate fell in eight EU Member States, increased in 18 and remained stable in one, Hungary.