Unemployment in the 12-nation euro zone was stable in January at 8.8% of the workforce, the EU statistics agency Eurostat said today.

Eurostat also revised the 12-month rate for December down from a previously reported 8.9%.

In the 25-member European Union, unemployment edged down to 8.8% in January from 8.9% in December, and from 9.1% in January 2004.

The highest rates were in Poland (18.2%), Slovakia (16.5%), Greece (10.5%) and Spain (10.3%). The lowest figures were for Ireland (4.3%), Luxembourg (4.4%) and Austria (4.5%).