Unemployment in Bulgaria in September 2017 was 6.1 per cent, down from 7.2 per cent in September 2016 and again below the EU average, European Union statistics agency Eurostat said on October 31.
Youth unemployment in Bulgaria in September 2017 was 12.4 per cent, down from 18.5 per cent in September 2016.
The EU28 unemployment rate was 7.5 per cent in September 2017, stable compared to August 2017 and down from 8.4 per cent in September 2016. This remains the lowest rate recorded in the EU28 since November 2008.
The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.9 per cent in September 2017, down from nine per cent in August 2017 and from 9.9 per cent in September 2016. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since January 2009.
Eurostat estimated that 18.446 million men and women in the EU28, of whom 14.513 million in the euro area, were unemployed in September 2017.
Compared with August 2017, the number of people unemployed decreased by 116 000 in the EU28 and by 96 000 in the euro area.
Compared with September 2016, unemployment fell by 2.076 million in the EU28 and by 1.463 million in the euro area.
Among the EU countries, the lowest unemployment rates in September 2017 were recorded in the Czech Republic (2.7 per cent), Germany (3.6 per cent) and Malta (4.1 per cent).
The highest unemployment rates were in Greece (21 per cent in July 2017) and Spain (16.7 per cent).
Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate fell in all member states for which data is comparable over time, except Finland where it remained stable and Lithuania where it increased (from 7.6 per cent to 7.7 per cent).
The largest decreases were registered in Cyprus (from 13.0 per cent to 10.3 per cent), Spain (from 19.1 per cent to 16.7 per cent) and Greece (from 23.4 per cent to 21.0 per cent between July 2016 and July 2017)…/IBNA