Euro area unemployment up to 7.3%


In April 2020, the second month after COVID-19 containment measures were implemented by most Member States, the euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 7.3%, up from 7.1% in March 2020.

These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Data shows that the EU unemployment rate was 6.6% in April 2020, up from 6.4% in March 2020.

Eurostat estimates that 14.079 million men and women in the EU, of whom 11.919 million in the euro area, were unemployed in April 2020.

Compared with March 2020, the number of persons unemployed increased by 397 000 in the EU and by 211 000 in the euro area.

The statistical office of the European Union explained that the COVID-19 confinement measures applied since March 2020 have triggered a sharp increase in the number of claims for unemployment benefits across the EU. At the same time, a significant part of those who had registered in unemployment agencies were no longer actively looking for a job, e.g. limited by the confinement measures or no longer available for work, for instance, if they had to take care of their children during the lockdown.

Increase in youth unemployment

Data shows that in April 2020, 2.776 million young persons, under 25, were unemployed in the EU, of whom 2.239 million were in the euro area.

In April 2020, the youth unemployment rate was 15.4% in the EU and 15.8% in the euro area, up from 14.6% and 15.1% respectively in the previous month.

Compared with March 2020, youth unemployment increased by 159 000 in the EU and by 89 000 in the euro area.

Unemployment rate for women remained stable

In April 2020, the unemployment rate for women was 6.8% in the EU, up from 6.7% in March 2020 and the unemployment rate for men was 6.4% in April 2020, compared with 6.1% in March 2020.

In the euro area, the unemployment rate remained stable for women in April 2020 compared with March 2020 (at 7.6%) while it increased from 6.8% to 7.0% for men.

Eurostat said that these estimates count unemployed people without a job who have been actively seeking work in the last four weeks and are available to start work within the next two weeks.