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Germany and Austria have the lowest unemployment rates

Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates in January 2015 were recorded in Germany (4.7 %)and Austria (4.8 %), and the highest in Greece (25.8 % in November 2014) and Spain (23.4 %).

Eurostat estimates that 23.815 million men and women in the EU-28[1], of whom 18.059 million were in the euro area (EA-19)[2], were unemployed in January 2015. Compared with December 2014, the number of persons unemployed decreased by 156 000 in the EU-28 and by 140 000 in the euro area. Compared with January 2014, unemployment fell by 1.820 000 in the EU-28 and by 896 000 in the euro area.

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.2 % in January 2015, down from 11.3 % in December 2014 and from 11.8 % in January 2014. The EU-28 unemployment rate was 9.8 % in January 2015, down from 9.9 % in December 2014 and from 10.6 % in January 2014.

Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates in January 2015 were recorded in Germany (4.7 %)and Austria (4.8 %), and the highest in Greece (25.8 % in November 2014) and Spain (23.4 %).

Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate in January 2015 fell in twenty four Member States, remained stable in Belgium and increased in Cyprus (15.7 % to 16.1 %), Finland( 8.4 % to 8.8 %) and France (10.1 % to 10.2 %). The largest decreases were registered in Spain (25.5 % to 23.4 %), Estonia (8.5 % to 6.4 % between December 2013 and December2014), and Ireland (12.1 % to 10.0 %).

In January 2015, the unemployment rate in the United States was 5.7 %, up from 5.6 % in December 2014, but down from 6.6 % in January 2013.

In January 2014, 4.889 million young persons (under 25) were unemployed in the EU-28, of whom 3.281 million were in the euro area. Compared with January 2014, youth unemployment decreased by 562 000 in the EU-28 and by 259 000 in the euro area. In January 2015, the youth unemployment rate was 21.2 % in the EU-28 and 22.9 % in the euro area, compared with 23.3nbsp;% and 24.3 % respectively in January 2014. In January 2015, the lowest rates were observed in Germany (7.1 %), Austria (8.2 %) and Denmark (10.8 %), and the highest in Spain (50.9 %), Greece (50.6 % in November 2014), Croatia (44.1 % in the fourth quarter 2014) and Italy (41.2 %).

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Unemployment_statistics

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