Brussels (EFE).- The unemployment rate in the euro area remained stable at 6.7% in January this year compared to December 2022, while in the European Union (EU) as a whole it did not change either and remained at 6.1%, as reported this Thursday by the community statistics office, Eurostat.
Compared to the data published on February 1, Eurostat corrected the euro area indicator for the month of December and raised it by one tenth, from 6.6% to 6.7%.
In year-on-year terms, unemployment fell by two tenths both in the twenty countries that share the euro (from 6.9% in January 2022) and in the Twenty-seven (from 6.3%).
The Spanish data did not change between December and January and remained at 13%. However, if the year-on-year comparison is made between the first month of 2022 and 2023, unemployment decreased by three tenths.
Spain, the member state with the highest percentage of unemployment
In any case, Spain was the Member State with the highest percentage of unemployment among all the countries for which the Community Statistics Office published data today.
Eurostat did not report the data for Greece, so after Spain came Italy (7.9%), Cyprus (7.4%), Sweden (7.2%), Portugal (7.1%) and France (7 .1%) as the EU countries with the highest percentage of unemployment.
In contrast, the countries with the lowest unemployment rate in January were the Czech Republic (2.5%) and Poland (2.8%).
Eurostat estimated that 13.22 million people were unemployed in the community club during the first month of 2023, of which 11.28 million were in the eurozone.
Compared to January of last year, the number of individuals without work decreased by 318,000 inhabitants in the Twenty-seven and by 220,000 in the euro area.
The unemployment rate among those under twenty-five increased by one tenth in the single currency countries between December and January (from 14.3% to 14.4%), while in the European Union it fell by one tenth (from 14. 5 to 14.4%).
In year-on-year terms, the indicator remained stable in the euro area, but fell by one tenth in the community club as a whole.
Among the Member States for which Eurostat provided figures, Spain was the one with the highest youth unemployment rate (29.6%), unchanged compared to December 2022 and below the 30.7% recorded in the first month of the year. last year.