Europe’s Unemployment Hits 3 Year Low

Unemployment across the euro zone fell in July to its lowest level in more than 3 years.

The unemployment rate across the 19 euro zone member states averaged 10.9 percent in July, the lowest level since February 2012, data from Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical body, showed on Tuesday.

This was a noteworthy drop from June, when unemployment was recorded at 11.1 percent.

Stubbornly high youth unemployment has blighted the euro zone for years, but took a tumble in July.

The number of people under 25 registered unemployed fell by 336,000 from July 2014 to 3.093 million.

Across age categories, jobless rates were highest in Greece, with one-quarter of all people unemployed, according to the latest available data. Spain followed close behind, with unemployment at 22.2 percent

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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