EU JOBLESS RATE STABILISES AT 8.6%.

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The EU unemployment rate was 8.6% in September 2005, unchanged compared to August, according to the latest figures from Eurostat. It was 9% in September 2004. At the same time euro-zone seasonally-adjusted unemployment stood at 8.4% in September 2005, compared to 8.5% in August. It was 8.8% in September 2004.

In September 2005, the lowest rates were registered in Ireland (4.3%), the Netherlands (4.6%), the United Kingdom (4.6% in July), Denmark (4.7%) and Austria (5.2%). Unemployment rates were highest in Poland (17.7%), Slovakia (16.4%), Greece (9.9% in June), France (9.4%), Spain (9.3%) and Latvia (8.8%).

Amongst the individual member states, fifteen recorded a drop in their unemployment rate over a year, three remained stable and seven reported an increase. The largest relative declines were observed in Lithuania (10.5% to 7.6%), Estonia (8.9% to 7.1%), Spain (10.8% to 9.3%), Denmark (5.3% to...

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