Unemployment fell slightly in the European Union and the Eurozone in June, while Croatia was slightly above the European average, a report by the European statistical office Eurostat showed on Friday.
The EU unemployment rate, measured by the International Labour Organization methodology, fell to 7.1 percent in June, from 7.3 percent in the previous month. In the Eurozone, it slipped from eight to 7.7 percent.
A total of 14.9 million people were out of work in the EU in June, of which 12.5 million were in the Eurozone.
Compared to May, their number in the EU decreased by 487 thousand, and by 423 thousand in the euro area. Compared to June last year, the number of unemployed decreased by 397 thousand in the Union and by 339 thousand in the euro area.
Greece and Spain had the highest unemployment rates in June, both at 15.1 per cent, according to Eurostat data.
In Croatia, the unemployment rate measured by the ILO methodology in June was 7.4 percent and decreased by half a percentage point compared to May. According to Eurostat data, 132,000 citizens were out of work in Croatia in June, ten thousand less than in May. Compared to June last year, their number is lower by 23 thousand.
The Czech Republic had the lowest unemployment rate in June, at 2.8 percent. They are followed by the Netherlands with 3.2 and Malta and Poland, both with 3.6 percent.