Euro zone unemployment was steady at 6.6% of the workforce in June, the latest figures from the European Union's statistics office Eurostat show.

The figures were in line with market expectations.

Eurostat said the number of people without jobs in the 19 countries sharing the euro was 10.925 million in June, compared to 10.900 million in May and 12.882 million a year earlier.

The lowest unemployment rate was in the biggest economy Germany at 2.8% of the workforce, and the highest in Spain at 12.6%.

Irish jobless figures are due to be released by the Central Statistics Office on Thursday.