Jobless Europe: EU unemployment passes 26 million

Posted on 8 Jan 2013

Unemployment across the 27 European Union member states rose above 26 million for the first time.

The unemployment rate within the eurozone rose to 11.8% in November 2012, according to the official EU statistics agency Eurostat, 113,000 more people were without a job than in October 2012.

Unemployment rates have risen sharply between November 2011 and November 2012 within the EU, with over 2 million more people unemployed.

Between November 2011 and November 2012, the unemployment rate for males increased from 10.4% to 11.7% in the euro area. The female unemployment rate rose from 10.9% to 11.8%

Despite more people becoming jobless within the EU, the UK was one of few countries to see a fall. Unemployment fell from 8.3% in November 2011 to 7.8% in September 2012.

Just 5.4% of Germans were without a job, compared to 26.6% in Spain.