Unemployment in the euro zone fell in November, data showed today, as joblessness in Europe neared pre-crisis levels.
Eurostat said the jobless rate in the single currency area fell to 7.9% in November, a 10-year low and down from a revised 8% for the previous month.
Unemployment in the euro area has been falling steadily since it fell below the symbolic threshold of 10% in September 2016.
With the latest data, unemployment nears the average rate before the 2007-08 financial crisis, when it stood at 7.5%.
At the worst of the ensuing debt crisis in 2013, unemployment reached a record 12.1% in the euro area.
Among the 19 single currency countries, the lowest unemployment rate in November was recorded in Germany at 3.3%, according to Eurostat.
The rate of unemployment in Ireland remained at a 10-year low of 5.3% in December, figures from the Central Statistics office showed yesterday.
Meanwhile, the highest jobless rate was in Greece with 18.6% in September, the latest available figure. Spain was on 14.7%.
In the full 28 countries of the European Union, the unemployment rate stood at 6.7% in November, stable compared to a month earlier, Eurostat said.
This remains the lowest EU-wide number since measurements began in 2000, with the Czech Republic, closely linked to Germany's economy, at a tiny 1.9% unemployment rate.