The unemployment rate in the 17-country Eurozone rose to 11.1% in May from 11% the previous month, according to Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office.
This is the highest rate of unemployment since the euro was launched in 1999.
Compared with April 2012, the number of people unemployed increased by 88,000 in the euro area in May.
Among the EU member states, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in Austria (4.1%), the Netherlands (5.1%), Luxembourg (5.4%) and Germany (5.6%).
The highest unemployment rates were recorded in Spain (24.6%) and Greece (21.9% in March 2012).
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