Eurozone unemployment rate remains at record low, with Belgium just below EU average
The unemployment rate in the eurozone reached a record low of 6.4 per cent in December. As in June and November last year, this was the lowest level since the introduction of the euro. In Belgium, unemployment stands at 5.7 per cent, just below the EU average of 5.9 per cent.
According to figures published on Thursday by the European statistics office Eurostat, 10.91 million people were unemployed in the eurozone in December. This is 17,000 fewer than in November, when unemployment was already at a record low.
In the EU as a whole, 12.94 million people were unemployed in December. The EU unemployment rate remained stable at 5.9 per cent in December. Belgium performed slightly better than the EU average. According to Eurostat calculations, Belgian unemployment was slightly lower in November than December, at 5.6 per cent.
In November, Eurostat recorded the highest unemployment rates in Spain (11.9 per cent) and Greece (9.4 per cent), and the lowest in the Czech Republic (2.4 per cent) and Malta (2.5 per cent).
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