In the European Union an all time negative record was broken in November: 10% rate of unemployment. Just like the United States and president Obama, the European Union too is battling with high rates of unemployment. The unemployment rate has risen in all European Union countries and has reached the highest peak since the beginning of the millennium. Spain is leading the charts, and the Netherlands enjoy the lowest rate.
Like Obama, the European Union is stuck with a high unemployment rate.
For the first time since the Euro currency was launched in 1999, the unemployment rate among the 16 countries which are members of the EU and use the common currency has reached 10%. EuroStat, the Statistical Office of the European Union, had published last week the data which shows that the unemployment rate had risen in 0.1% from October, and is now standing on the highest level since August 1998, an 8% increase compared to 2008 at the time.
As mentioned above, Spain is suffering from the highest rate of unemployment at 19.4%, while Holland is proud to have only 3.9%, the lowest rate. This inequality re-raised the claims that the common Euro currency is of more beneficent to some countries than to others.
The unemployment rate of 27 EU members which don’t use the Euro like Britain and Sweden had also risen in November by 0.1% to 9.5%. Through out the entire Euro bloc you can find countries who are suffering from the recession such as Spain, Greece, Cyprus. In addition, many economies are rapidly shrinking for instance in Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Romania and even in the United Kingdom.
Altogether in November, 22.9 million of people where unemployed in the European Union, 15.7 million out of them are from the Euro bloc. The EuroStat had also published data showing on a 0.4% growth in the Euro bloc’s economy in the third quarter of 2008, due to Germany and a 0.3% growth in the entire European Union. A reason to be optimistic? We aren’t so sure…
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