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According to the latest statistics from European Union’s statistical body, Eurostat, unemployment levels across Europe have remained relatively static. The unemployment rate across the 17 Eurozone countries was 12.2% in September 2013, unchanged compared with August 2013, but higher than 11.6% reported in September 2012. The unemployment rate across the 28 European Union countries was 11%, again unchanged compared with August, but higher than the 10.6% reported in September 2012.
In September 2013, 26.9 million men and women were unemployed across the European Union, 61.4% of whom (19.4 million) were in the Eurozone. Compared with September 2012, unemployment rose by 978,000 in the European Union and 996,000 in the Eurozone.
Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment was recorded in Austria (4.9%), Germany (5.2%), and Luxembourg (5.9%). The highest levels of unemployment were in Greece (27.6% in July when the latest figures are available) and Spain (26.6%).
Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate increased in sixteen Member States, fell in eleven and remained stable in the Czech Republic. The highest increases were registered in Cyprus (rising from 12.7% to 17.1%) and Greece (rising from 25.0% to 27.6% between July 2012 and July 2013). The largest decreases were observed in Latvia (falling from 15.6% to 11.3% between the second quarters of 2012 and 2013) and Estonia (falling from 10.0% to 8.3% between August 2012 and August 2013).
In September 2013, the unemployment rate in the United States was 7.2%, down from 7.3% in August 2013 and from 7.8% in September 2012.