Map of the month – 2010 Unemployment rates
Regional disparities in unemployment among the EU-27 regions remain high. One region in three has an unemployment rate above 10%, while four regions in five had to face an increase in unemployment rates between 2007 and 2010.
The highest rates are registered in regions of France (overseas departments) and Spain. Most of the 26 regions with unemployment rates over 15% can be found in these two, as well as in Slovakia and in the Baltic States. In contrast, 34 regions mainly located in Austria, Germany, northern Italy and the Netherlands have unemployment rates below 5%.
The regions in which the unemployment rates decreased the most between 2007 and 2010 are, with the exception of Corsica, German Landers. Unemployment rates dropped also in some regions of France, Poland, Austria and UK. On the other side, several regions in Spain, Ireland, Baltic States and Greece witnessed a substantial increase in the unemployment rates.