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In the EU27, there were 41.3 million persons working part-time in 2010, of which three quarters were women.
The number of Europeans still looking for work in the EU-27 has returned to the peak recorded since the start of the crisis.
The level of unemployment in the EU has become stuck at 9.5%.
According to the new EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review, against the backdrop of slower economic growth in many Member States, the hesitant recovery of the EU labour market seems to have come to a halt, while divergence continues to prevail among the 27 labour markets.
Divergence continues to prevail between Member States' labour markets. Despite a recent slowdown in unemployment, the number of Europeans looking for work is rising again, albeit moderately.
According to the latest Monthly Labour Market Fact Sheet published by the European Commission, the EU average unemployment rate stood at 9.3%, the same level as in April but down 0.4 percentage point (pp) compared to May 2010.
According to the new EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review, the EU labour market is continuing to recover but at a slow pace and with large variations across EU countries.
Unemployment in the EU slightly decreased in April 2011. While the labour markets still show steady signs of recovery in some EU countries, in others they continued to deteriorate, according to the latest Monthly Labour Market Fact Sheet published by the Commission.
Unemployment in the EU fell slightly in February, while the labour market continues to show steady signs of recovery in some Member States, according to the latest Monthly Labour Market Fact Sheet published by the Commission.
According to the new Quarterly Labour Market Review, the deterioration in the EU labour market resulting from the economic crisis, which has been easing since mid 2010, has at last gradually given way to moderate increases in employment.