Germany continues to lead all countries in annual growth, at +45%.
Alan Townsend, Vice-President of Business Operations at Monster Europe, commented "manufacturing and exports remain
the periphery. France saw growth accelerate sharply to the fastest since September 2000 (led by the service sector), overtaking Germany, where growth remained among the strongest seen in the 13-year history
. The lowest rates were observed in the Netherlands (6.9%), Germany (7.9%) and Austria (8.7%), and the highest in Spain (44.4%), Greece (36.1% in the fourth quarter of 2010), Slovakia (35.6%) and Lithuania (34
, as their unemployment rates dropped respectively by -5.0 pps and -2.9 pps over the year. In general, member states with a lower than average unemployment rate are benefiting most from the recovery. Germany recorded
.1%), Austria (8.2%) and Germany (9.1%) and the highest in Spain (45.7%), Greece (38.5% in the first quarter of 2011), Slovakia (33.3%) and Lithuania (32.6% in the first quarter of 2011).
As a comparison
The lowest rates were observed in the Netherlands (7.5%), Austria (7.9%) and Germany (8.9%), and the highest in Spain (46.2%), Greece (42.9% in the second quarter of 2011) and Lithuania (33.2% in the second
,000 in the Euro area. In November 2011, the youth unemployment rate was 22.3% in the EU27 and 21.7% in the Euro area. In November 2010 it was 21% and 20.6% respectively. The lowest rates were observed in Germany (8
Although many showed higher levels of trust in their own organisation, this could barely offset the pessimism many felt when having to look for a new job. In Germany, employees were most optimistic expecting