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OECD sees record 12.3pc EU jobless rate in 2014

Published on Monday, 15 Jul 2013
People wait to enter a government job centre in Madrid in early July. Spain’s number of registered jobless fell by 2.6 per cent in June from a month earlier, or by 127,248 people, leaving 4.76 million people out of work, according to the latest data from the Labour Ministry. (Reuters)

PARIS: The unemployment rate in the hard-hit eurozone is expected to reach a record 12.3 per cent at the end of 2014, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development  (OECD) forecast on July 16, with young people the hardest hit.

In its annual Employment Outlook, the OECD – which counts 34 advanced and emerging countries as members – also revealed big disparities between countries in the zone.

Jobless rates in Germany, for instance, are set to fall under 5.0 per cent by end 2014 while they will be around 28.0 per cent in Spain and Greece.

“Across the OECD, more than 48 million people are unemployed, almost 16 million more than at the start of the crisis,” it said in its report, referring to the onset of the global financial crisis in 2007.

It added that encouraging signs of a recovery in employment growth in the United States had been offset by a return of recession in the eurozone.

And while unemployment is set to fall in Germany by the end of 2014, it will remain flat or rise in the rest of Europe.

Young people are and will continue to be particularly hard hit in many European countries, the report said, with youth jobless rates currently exceeding 60 per cent in Greece, 55 per cent in Spain and around 40 per cent in Italy and Portugal, it added.

(AFP)

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