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EU Unemployment at 7.5 Percent

June 4, 2002

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BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ Unemployment in the European Union crept up to 7.6 percent in April compared with 7.5 percent the previous month, according to data released Tuesday by the EU’s statistics agency.

Economists said the slight rise represented continued job stability in Europe, despite the economic turbulence of recent months. In April 2001, unemployment was at 7.4 percent.

The figures represent 13.3 million people out of work, Eurostat said.

Taking the 12-nation euro-zone that excludes Britain, Denmark and Sweden, unemployment stood at 8.3 percent in April up from 8.2 percent in March and 8 percent in April 2001.

By comparison Eurostat reported unemployment in the United States at 6.1 percent and 5.2 percent in Japan.

Highest EU rates were in Spain with 11.3 percent and France with 9.2 percent. Luxembourg had the lowest level with 2.2 percent, followed by The Netherlands at 2.7 percent.

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