Unemployment up in June
The rate of unemployment rose in June to 16.2%, from 16.0% the previous month, but remained unchanged from a year earlier.
According to Eurostat, the euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.1% in June, stable compared to May, and down from 11.6% in June 2014. The EU28 unemployment rate was 9.6% in June, also unchanged in May and down from 10.2% in June last year.
Among the EU member states, the lowest unemployment rates in June were in Germany (4.7%) and the Czech Republic (4.9%), and the highest in Greece (25.6% in April) and Spain (22.5%).
Compared to a year ago, the unemployment rate in June fell in 21 EU states, increased in five and remained stable in France and Cyprus. The largest decreases were seen in Lithuania (10.9% to 8.5%), Spain (24.5% to 22.5%) and Portugal (14.3% to 12.4%). Increases were registered in Belgium (8.4% to 8.6%), Romania (6.8% to 7.0%), Italy (12.4% to 12.7%), Austria (5.7% to 6.0%) and Finland (8.6% to 9.5%).