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Europe / Unemployment at record level in November 2012: 26 million

EU unemployment tops 26 million for 1st time Unemployment in the 17 EU countries that use the euro rose to 11.8 percent in November, as the number of jobless people in the region rose to 18.8 million, the highest figure since the single currency was founded in 1999. According to data released Tuesday by the … Continue reading

Eurozone recession to continue into 2013 says Markit

he rate of contraction in the eurozone economy eased slightly in November, according to a closely-watched survey. But the region is still in line for another quarter of recession with further contraction likely in early 2013, according to Markit, who produced the survey. Its Eurozone Composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which measures business activity, rose … Continue reading

Europe / Unemployment continues to rise, reaching 11.7%, and 55,9% of youth in Spain

The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.7% in October 2012, up from 11.6% in September. The EU27 unemployment rate was 10.7% in October 2012, up from 10.6% in September. In both zones, rates have risen markedly compared with October 2011, when they were 10.4% and 9.9% respectively. Eurostat estimates that 25.913 million men and women in the … Continue reading

Euro zone / A second recession since 2009

The debt crisis dragged the euro zone into its second recession since 2009 in the third quarter despite modest growth in Germany and France, data showed on Thursday. The two leading economies both managed 0.2-per-cent growth in the July-to-September period. But the resilience could not save the austerity-hit 17-nation bloc from overall contraction as the … Continue reading

Euro-zone – Unemployment rate hits record 11.6%

The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.6% in September 2012, up from 11.5% in August. The EU27 unemployment rate was 10.6% in September 2012, stable compared with August. In both zones, rates have risen significantly compared with September 2011, when they were 10.3% and 9.8% respectively. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Eurostat … Continue reading

US unemployment rate is bad, eurozone is worse and Greece leads in youth unemployment (53.8%)

Euro area unemployment rate at 11.3% EU27 at 10.4%. The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.3% in July 2012, stable compared with June. It was 10.1% in July 2011. The EU27 unemployment rate was 10.4% in July 2012, also stable compared with June. It was 9.6% in July 2011. Eurostat estimates that 25.254 million men and women in the EU27, of … Continue reading

Europe – The downturn has been under way for years

The euro zone is hurtling back into recession, economists declared after official figures this week portrayed a shrinking economy. But by some measures the downturn has been under way for years. With the exception of Germany, none of Europe’s biggest economies have returned to the level of economic output they had at the beginning of … Continue reading

Unemployment Rates – U.S. vs other ‘mature’ economies – A Graph

How does the performance of the American economy compare to other similar economies–i.e., “mature” market economies, with high per capita GDP. With that in mind, take a look at this graph of unemployment rates over the past 12 years, and at my comments on it below. Focus on the maroon, yellow, and light blue lines. … Continue reading

Eurozone – On brink of double-dip recession

The eurozone is on the brink of following Britain into a double-dip recession after its economy shrank between April and June. GDP across the 17-nation bloc fell by 0.2% in the second quarter of this year and economists believe the downturn is continuing. Better-than-expected figures from Germany and France were offset by sharp contractions elsewhere, … Continue reading

Euro-Area Unemployment Rate at a Record 11.2% for Two Months in a Row

The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.2% in June 2012, stable compared with May. It was 10.0% in June 2011. The EU27 unemployment rate was 10.4% in June 2012, also stable compared with May. It was 9.5% in June 2011. Eurostat estimates that 25.112 million men and women in the EU27, of whom 17.801 million … Continue reading

ILO Report – Eurozone risks losing a further 4.5 million jobs

Unemployment in the Eurozone could reach almost 22 million over the next four years, up from 17.4 million, unless policies change course in a concerted manner, the ILO says in a report entitled “Eurozone job crisis: trends and policy responses” . The study warns that without a shift in policy direction all countries in the … Continue reading

Eurozone – Finland could leave rather than pay other nations’ debts

“Finland is committed to being a member of the eurozone, and we think that the euro is useful for Finland,” Ms Urpilainen told financial daily Kauppalehti, adding though that “Finland will not hang itself to the euro at any cost and we are prepared for all scenarios”. The finance minister stressed that Finland, one of … Continue reading

Europe joblessness among young rises – Eurozone: 22.6%, Spain: 52.1%, Italy: 36.2% …

More than one in three young Italians are out of work after the youth unemployment rate hit a record 36.2pc in May. The figure was a rise from 35.3pc in April, and far outpaced the eurozone average of 22.6pc in May. Unemployment among the under-25s also remained a huge problem in Spain, where more than … Continue reading

Euro Zone – Factories preparing for worse to come with more job cuts

Euro zone manufacturing took another hefty blow in June and factories are preparing for worse to come, according to business surveys on Monday that showed jobs were cut at the fastest rate in two-and-a-half years. Markit’s Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) was unchanged at 45.1 in June, above the preliminary reading of 44.8 and … Continue reading

Eurozone: India and China contributed 95 percent of the jobs created by the BRIC nations

As Eurozone companies fight recession, India and China contributed 95 percent of the jobs created by the BRIC nations after the US, which led the employment generation, according to a recent survey. The number of jobs created by BRIC investors in Europe increased by 8 percent in 2011, with India and China together accounting as … Continue reading

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