The unemployment rate in the euro zone hit 11.8% in November according to the numbers released by the EU this morning. That is a record. The EU-27-wide unemployment rate was 10.7%. This contrasts very unfavourably to the unemployment levels in other large advanced economies: 7.8% in the United States and the United Kingdom, 4.1% in Japan, and 3.1% in Switzerland.
Press release below:
The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.8% in November 2012, up from 11.7% inOctober. The EU27 unemployment rate was 10.7% in November 2012, stable compared with October. In both zones, rates have risen markedly compared with November 2011, when they were 10.6% and 10.0% respectively. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
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Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over twenty five years of business experience. He has also been a regular economic and financial commentator in print and on television for the past decade. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.