Unemployment up in July
Unemployment was slightly higher and reached 16.3% in July compared to June (16.2%) but marginally lower than July 2014, when it reached 16.4%.
The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.9% in July, down from 11.1% in June, and from 11.6% in July 2014, according to Eurostat. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since February 2012.
The EU28 unemployment rate was 9.5% in July, down from 9.6% in June, and from 10.2% in July 2014. This is the lowest rate recorded in the EU28 since June 2011.
Among EU member states, the lowest unemployment rates in July were recorded in Germany (4.7%), the Czech Republic and Malta (both 5.1%), and the highest in Greece (25.0% in May 2015) and Spain (22.2%).
Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate in July fell in 23 member states, increased in three and remained stable in Belgium and Romania. The largest decreases were in Bulgaria (11.5% to 9.4%), Spain (24.3% to 22.2%), Greece (27.0% to 25.0% between May 2014 and May 2015), Portugal (14.1% to 12.1%), Ireland (11.3% to 9.5%) and Croatia (16.9% to 15.1%). The biggest increases were registered in Finland (8.7% to 9.7%), France (10.3% to 10.4%) and Austria (5.7% to 5.8%).