Euro zone unemployment dips in MayTuesday 01 July 2014 18.24
Unemployment in the euro zone fell with 28,000 people getting jobs in May, new figures show today.
The euro zone's unemployment rate was also revised down to 11.6%, with continued improvement seen in Portugal and Ireland.
But a total 18.552 million people remained unemployed in the 18-member euro zone in April, although this was down 636,000 from the level a year earlier, the Eurostat statistics agency said.
The agency had previously announced a rate of 11.7% for April, but revised the figure lower to 11.6% today.
The unemployment rate among youths in the euro zone, a huge concern in Europe's crisis-hit countries, dipped by 0.2 points over the month to 23.3% in May.
Over 12 months, the number of youths without work has fallen by 205,000 to 3.356 million people.
Across the 28-member European Union, 25.18 million were jobless in May, with the unemployment rate dipping by 0.1 points over the month to 10.3%.
The highest levels of unemployment were still in Greece, at 26.8% and Spain at 25.1%.