, the indicator stands well above its long term average.
A majority of member states reported either an improvement or a stabilisation in sentiment. Among the seven largest member states, the Netherlands (+2
the release of very positive figures from Poland, which accounted for almost half of the growth. Increases were also reported in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Italy. Of the countries able to report new
the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in Austria (4.0%) and the Netherlands (4.3%), and the highest rates in Latvia (20.0% in the first quarter of 2010), Spain (19.9%) and Estonia (19
.3% in 2010, compared with 36.9% in 2000.
In 2010, the employment rate for persons aged 20 to 64 was highest in Sweden (78.7%), the Netherlands (76.8%), Denmark (76.1%), Cyprus (75.4%), Germany and Austria