The EU statistics agency, Eurostat, has released figures highlighting the huge variations in unemployment across the euro zone.

It examined the rates of joblessness across 272 regions in the common currency bloc throughout 2013.

Oberbayern in Germany had the lowest rate at 2.6% with other regions of Germany and Austria making up the top five areas with the lowest rates.

Unemployment was highest in five Spanish region with Andalucía topping the list with a jobless rate of 36.3%.

27 regions were listed as having an unemployment rate greater than 21.6%, double the euro zone average of 10.8%.

Thirteen regions were in Spain, ten in Greece, three French Overseas Departments and one region in Italy.