BRUSSELS, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Around 15,990 million people in the European Union (EU), of whom 13,612 million in the euro area, were unemployed in September, an increase of 42,000 in the EU and 75,000 in the euro area, respectively, from August, said Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, on Friday.
The unemployment rate in September stood at 7.5 percent in the EU and 8.3 percent in the euro area, remaining largely stable compared with August, but up from 6.6 percent and 7.5 percent, respectively in September 2019.
In comparison to September last year, the number of unemployed people in September this year went up by 1,811 million in the EU and by 1,376 million in the euro area.
In January this year, the unemployment rate in the EU and the euro area decreased to 6.6 percent and 7.4 percent respectively, a record low since 2000.
The COVID-19 pandemic that hit Europe in March continued to threaten job security in the EU and the euro area. Enditem