Andalusia is worst region in EU for unemployment

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Emma Anderson - [email protected]
Andalusia is worst region in EU for unemployment
A view of the Alhambra in the region of Andalusia, where unemployment rates were the highest in the European Union in 2014. Photo: ángel mateo / Wikimedia Commons."

The southern Spanish region had the highest unemployment rate in the entire European Union last year, according to a Eurostat report released on Wednesday.


All of the five regions with the highest unemployment rates in the EU last year fell within Spain.

Andalusia had the worst rate at 34.8 percent, followed by the Canary Islands (32.4 percent), the north African Spanish territory of Ceuta (31.9), Extramadura (29.8) and Castilla-La Mancha (29).

Four of these regions also had some of the highest rates of youth unemployment across the EU - Ceuta (67.5), Andalucia (61.5), Castilla-La Mancha (61.3) and the Canary Islands (57.4).

Ceuta also had one of the highest rates of long-term unemployment, with 72 percent of those unemployed being out of work for more than 12 months.

Throughout the EU, in almost one out of three regions, more than half of the unemployed had been out of work for at least a year.

Spain’s national unemployment rate was 24.4 percent - more than twice the EU average of 10.1 percent.

Four Greek regions also fell within the ten worst regions for high unemployment, while the five regions with highest long-term unemployment were all in Greece.

German regions topped the charts for the lowest unemployment rates, with upper Bavaria tied with Prague in the Czech Republic at 2.5 percent unemployment.

Swedish regions had the lowest rates of long-term unemployment rates, which refer to the number unemployed people who have been out of work for more than a year.



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