The unemployment rate in the eurozone continued to rise in January, hitting another record high.
The jobless rate in the 17 countries that use the euro rose to 10.7% in January, while December’s figure was revised up from 10.4% to 10.6%.
There are now 16.9 million people out of work in the bloc, Eurostat said.
In Italy, the unemployment rate rose to 9.2% in January, the highest since monthly records began, the national statistics agency Istat said.
Italian unemployment had stood at 8.9% in December, but it is now at the highest rate since the first quarter of 2001, as the country finds itself in a second recession in four years.
Spain continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the euro area at 23.3%, while Austria has the lowest at 4%.
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