Eurozone unemployment at 10%, with highest unemployment in Spain at 20.2%

Eurozone unemployment crosses the psychological treshold of 10%.  Via Eurostat:
The euro area (EA16) seasonally-adjusted unemployment was 10.0% in December 2010, unchanged compared with November. It was 9.9% in December 2009. The EU27 unemployment rate was 9.6% in December 2010, unchanged compared with November. It was 9.5% in December 2009.

Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in the Netherlands (4.3%), Luxembourg (4.9%) and Austria (5.0%), and the highest in Spain (20.2%), Lithuania and Latvia (both 18.3% in the third quarter of 2010).

Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate fell in eight Member States, remained stable in the United Kingdom and increased in eighteen. The largest falls were observed in Malta (7.3% to 6.2%), Sweden (8.9% to 7.8%), Germany (7.4% to 6.6%) and Finland (8.8% to 8.1%). The highest increases were registered in Lithuania (14.3% to 18.3% between the third quarters of 2009 and 2010), Greece (9.7% to 12.9% between the third quarters of 2009 and 2010), Bulgaria (8.6% to 10.1%) and Slovenia (6.4% to 7.8%).

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