The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.7% in December 2017, stable compared to
November 2017 and down from 9.7% in December 2016. This remains the lowest rate recorded in the euro area
since January 2009. The EU28 unemployment rate was 7.3% in December 2017, stable compared to November
2017 and down from 8.2% in December 2016. This remains the lowest rate recorded in the EU28 since October
2008. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Eurostat estimates that 17.961 million men and women in the EU28, of whom 14.137 million in the euro area, were
unemployed in December 2017. Compared with November 2017, the number of persons unemployed decreased
by 165 000 in the EU28 and by 134 000 in the euro area. Compared with December 2016, unemployment fell by
2.066 million in the EU28 and by 1.536 million in the euro area.