Statistics: Unemployment figures fall for 2nd month in a row


The unemployment rate in Portugal fell again in June to 17.4%. This is the second month in a row that the figures have been going down since peaking at 17.8% in April.

Indicators — 31 July 2013 by Blandina Costa
Statistics: Unemployment figures fall for 2nd month in a row

The unemployment rate in Portugal fell again in June to 17.4%, 0.2 percentage points below the figure in May, Eurostat said on Wednesday. This is the second month in a row that the figures have fallen since peaking at 17.8% in April.

Despite this slight improvement, Portugal still has the third higher rates in Europe after Greece (26.9% in April) and Spain (26.3%).

The average unemployment rate in the eurozone was 12.1% in June, so the Portuguese figures are well above average.

Youth unemployment, covering the under 25s, also fell in Portugal from 41.9% in May to 41% in June.

Greece, Spain and Croatia are all in a worse situation than Portugal with rates of 58.7%, 56.1% and 55.6% respectively.

According to Eurostat, there were 26.4 million people out of work in the European Union (EU) in June.

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