News / Europe

Eurozone Jobless Rate Hits Record

A man rides his bicycle past graffiti that says '50,000 million for rescuing banks and five million unemployed' in Burgos, central Spain, June 28, 2012.
A man rides his bicycle past graffiti that says '50,000 million for rescuing banks and five million unemployed' in Burgos, central Spain, June 28, 2012.
VOA News
Twin reports are showing new economic weakness in the 17-nation euro currency bloc, with the jobless rate reaching a record level and manufacturing activity unchanged at a three-year low.

The European Union said Monday the eurozone's unemployment rate edged up in May to 11.1 percent, the highest rate since the euro was launched in 1999. More than 17 million workers are unemployed, up nearly two million compared to a year ago.

Nnearly one of every four workers are unemployed, and more than half the country's young people jobless.

Meanwhile, a key survey by the research firm Markit Economics showed that manufacturing in the eurozone in June remained well below the level that indicates production growth - and at the lowest point since June 2009.

Markit economist Rob Dobson said that as manufacturing has weakened, the labor market has fallen as well.

"The employment numbers - we're also starting to see them come down as well, including in Germany," he said. "Indeed, all countries within that survey reported a decline in employment apart from Ireland. So what we're seeing is weakness in the output coming through into the labor market, which is going to be a bad thing for the economy heading forward."

For months, the eurozone economy has been stagnant, with austerity measures imposed by governments seeking to rein in their deficit spending curtailing growth. In a new tack to spur the region's economy, European leaders last week agreed to a $150 billion package to promote development. They also adopted policies to ease the borrowing costs for Italy and Spain.

Some analysts are predicting that the European Central Bank, in a further attempt to improve the eurozone economy, will cut its key lending rate later this week by a quarter of a percentage point - from 1 percent to three-quarters of a percent.

Meanwhile, central bank official Joerg Asmussen said in Athens that Greek officials need to concentrate their efforts on adhering to the austerity measures they already agreed to, rather than trying to ease the terms of their $168 billion international bailout, the country's second in two years.  

"So my point is this: the new government should not lose precious time looking to avoid or loosen the program. It should instead focus on how to maximize the effectiveness of reforms," he said.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

Obama: Alaskans Feel Signs of Climate Change

They're seeing bigger storm surges as sea ice melts, more wildfires, erosion of glaciers, shorelines More

1855 Slave Brochure Starkly Details Sale of Black Americans

Document lists entire families that were up for sale in New Orleans, offering graphic insight into the slavery trade More

Katrina Brought Enduring Changes to New Orleans

The city’s recovery is the result of the people and culture the city is famous for, as well as newcomers and start-up industries More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Hoang
July 02, 2012 7:29 PM
It's a cycle of Capitalism! Socialism is unreal. No way for human develop? :(

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalatesi
X
August 27, 2015 2:08 AM
Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Is China's Economic Data Accurate?

Some investors say China's wild stock market gyrations have been made worse by worries about the reliability of that nation's economic data. And some critics say the reports can mislead investors by painting an unrealistically-strong picture of the economy. A key China scholar says Beijing is not fudging ((manipulating)) the numbers, but that the economy is evolving quickly from smoke-stack industries to services, and the ways of tracking new economic activity are falling behind the change. V
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Shipping Containers Provide Experimental Housing

Housing prices around the San Francisco Bay area are out of reach for many people, so some young entrepreneurs, artists and tech industry workers are creating their own houses using converted shipping containers. But as VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports from Oakland, the effort requires ingenuity and dealing with restrictive local laws.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video Technique May Eliminate Drill-and-Fill Dental Care

Many people dread visiting dentists because they're afraid of drills. Now, however, a technology developed by a British firm promises to eliminate the need for mechanical cleaning of dental cavities by speeding a natural process of tooth repair. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.
Video

Video French Experiment in Integrating Roma Under Threat

Plans to destroy France’s oldest slum have sparked an outcry on the part of its Roma residents. As Lisa Bryant reports from the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, rights groups argue the community is a fledgling experiment on integrating Roma who are often outcasts in many parts of Europe.
Video

Video Kenyans Turn to Agriculture for Business

Each year Kenyan universities continue to churn out graduates for the job market despite the already existing high rate of unemployment among youth in the country. Some of these young men and women have realized that agriculture can be as rewarding as any other business or job, and they are resorting to agribusiness in large numbers as a way of tackling unemployment. Rael Ombuor reports for VOA.
Video

Video First Women Graduate Elite Army Ranger School

Two women are making history for the U.S. Army by proving they are among the toughest of the tough. VOA's Carla Babb reports from Fort Benning, Georgia as 94 men and those two women rise as graduates of the difficult Ranger school.

VOA Blogs