, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in Austria (3.8%) and The Netherlands (4.4% in June 2010), and the highest rates in Spain (20.3%), Latvia (20.1% in the first quarter of 2010) and Estonia (18
.4%), Portugal (22.0%) and the Netherlands (18.2%), and the lowest in Romania (1.0%), Lithuania (2.2%) and Estonia (2.5%).
The share of part-time employment in total employment in the EU27 grew from 15
, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in the Netherlands (4.3%), Luxembourg (4.9%) and Austria (5.0%), and the highest in Spain (20.2%), Lithuania and Latvia (both 18.3% in the third quarter of 2010
Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in the Netherlands and Austria (both 4.3%) and Luxembourg (4.7%), and the highest in Spain (20.4%), Latvia (18.3% in the third quarter
the best start to a year since 2000.
Looking at the PMI data by country, Germany, the Netherlands and France led the national rankings, with indices rising in all three cases. Greece was the only nation