We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Photocall Ireland
jobless numbers

Slight rise in EU unemployment rate

The biggest increases in unemployment were in Greece and Cyprus. Ireland is seventh worst out of the 28 EU members.

THE LATEST EU figures show unemployment in the Eurozone area was at 12 per cent in August – a marginal rise on the previous month, when the seasonally adjusted rate was at 11.5 per cent. Looking at the EU as a whole, the rate was also up slightly — 10.9 per cent, up from 10.6 per cent.

At almost 28 per cent, Greece had the worst unemployment rate, followed by Spain at just over 26 per cent.

Ireland has the seventh worst rate in the EU, at 13.6 per cent, according to the August figures.

Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate increased in sixteen member states, fell in eleven and remained stable in just one — Poland.

The highest increases were registered in Cyprus (jumping from 12.3 per cent to 16.9 per cent) and Greece (24.6 per cent to 27.9 per cent between June 2012 and June 2013).

The largest decreases were in Latvia (15.6 per cent to 11.4 per cent) and Estonia (10.1 per cent to 7.9 per cent).

Youth unemployment for the entire EU in August was 23.3 per cent, compared with 23.1 per cent in August 2012.

Read: 100 new jobs promised at two new motorway service sites >

Explainer: Why has the US government shutdown and what does it mean? >

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.