Eurozone employment down slightly in second quarter

Sept. 13, 2013 at 9:41 AM

BRUSSELS, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The European Commission's data office said Friday that employment dropped slightly in the eurozone and was stable in the European Union in the second quarter.

In the 17-nation eurozone, employment declined 0.1 percent compared to the previous quarter with 145 million people employed in the currency region.

In the 27-member EU, which encompasses the eurozone, there were 221.8 million people employed in the first quarter, the agency said.

From the same period a year earlier, employment is down 0.1 percent in the eurozone and 0.4 percent in the EU, Eurostat said.

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