Zeeland has lowest unemployment rate in EU

Zeeland has lowest unemployment rate in EU

The Dutch province of Zeeland had the lowest unemployment of any region in the European Union last year.

In 2010 2.7 percent of the workforce was unemployed in Zeeland, according to figures by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Regional unemployment rates varied widely across the EU27 in 2010, with the lowest rates recorded in the regions of Zeeland in the Netherlands and Bolzano / Bozen in Italy (both 2.7%) as well as Tirol (2.8%) and Salzburg (2.9%) in Austria, while the highest rates were registered in the French Overseas Department of Réunion (28.9%) and the regions of Canarias (28.7%) and Andalucía (28.0%) in Spain. Between 2009 and 2010 the unemployment rate rose in nearly two-thirds of the 271 NUTS 22 regions of the EU27.

Among the regions, 32 had an unemployment rate of 4.8% or less in 2010, half the average for the EU27. They included eight regions in the Netherlands, eight out of nine regions in Austria, seven in Germany, three in Italy, two in Belgium, and one each in the Czech Republic, Romania and the United Kingdom as well as Luxembourg. At the other extreme, thirteen regions had a rate of 19.2% or higher, double that of the EU27: nine regions in Spain and the four French Overseas Departments.

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