ALL of the EU’s top five employment blackspots are in Spain, and Andalucia is the worst of the lot.
The Spanish regions of Andalucia, Ceuta, Melilla, the Canary Islands and Extremadura have the highest unemployment rates in the whole of Europe, according to new data from Eurostat.
The EU’s official statistics agency reported yesterday that all five regions have jobless rates of more than 33% in 2013, topped by Andalucia at 36.3%.
Ceuta followed with 35.6%, then Melilla with 34.4%, followed by the Canary Islands and Extremadura, with 34.1% and 33.7% respectively.
Castilla La Mancha and Murcia also appeared in the EU’s top 10, with unemployment rates of 30.1% and 29.4% respectively.
Of the other regions that featured in the top 10, two were in Macedonia and one was in the French colony of Reunion.
According to the report, 27 EU regions reported unemployment rates above 21%. Of which 13 are in Spain, 10 are in Greece, one is in Italy and three are French outposts.
On the other end of the scale, Germany recorded the best employment – with 23 regions with a jobless rate of 5.4% or lower.
Spain recorded an average unemployment rate of 26% for 2013, according to the data.
Eurostat’s data comes just a day after BBVA – Spain’s second largest bank – reported that the country’s unemployment could take up to a decade to recover from the financial crisis.