In December 2022, the euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 6.6%, stable compared with November 2022 and down from 7.0% in December 2021. The EU unemployment rate was 6.1% in December 2022, also stable compared with November 2022 and down from 6.4% in December 2021. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Eurostat estimates that 13.148 million persons in the EU, of whom 11.048 million in the euro area, were unemployed in December 2022. Compared with November 2022, unemployment increased by 28 thousand in the EU and by 23 thousand in the euro area. Compared with December 2021, unemployment decreased by 518 thousand in the EU and by 494 thousand in the euro area.
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