In June 2015, Lithuania's seasonally adjusted unemployment stood at 8.5 percent, slightly up from May with 8.2 percent but down from 10.9 percent compared to June 2014. This June, there were around 127,000 job-seekers in Lithuania, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU), reports.
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The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.1 percent in June 2015, stable compared with May 2015, and down from 11.6 percent in June 2014. The EU28 unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in June 2015, also stable compared with May 2015 and down from 10.2 percent in June 2014.

Eurostat estimates that 23.296 million men and women in the EU28, of whom 17.756 million in the euro area, were unemployed in June 2015. Compared with May 2015, the number of persons unemployed decreased by 32,000 in the EU28 and increased by 31,000 in the euro area. Compared with June 2014, unemployment fell by 1.448 million in the EU28 and by 811,000 in the euro area.

Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates in June 2015 were recorded in Germany (4.7 percent) and the Czech Republic (4.9 percent), and the highest in Greece (25.6 percent in April 2015) and Spain (22.5 percent).

Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate in June 2015 fell in twenty-one Member States, increased in five and remained stable in both France and Cyprus. The largest decreases were registered in Lithuania (10.9 percent to 8.5 percent), Spain (24.5 percent to 22.5 percent) and Portugal (14.3 percent to 12.4 percent). The increases were registered in Belgium (8.4 percent to 8.6 percent), Romania (6.8 percent to 7.0 percent), Italy (12.4 percent to 12.7 percent), Austria (5.7 percent to 6.0 percent) and Finland (8.6 percent to 9.5 percent).

In June 2015, the unemployment rate in the United States was 5.3 percent, down from 5.5 percent in May 2015 and down from 6.1 percent in June 2014.

In June 2015, 4.724 million young persons (under 25) were unemployed in the EU28, of whom 3.181 million were in the euro area. Compared with June 2014, youth unemployment decreased by 386,000 in the EU28 and by 225,000 in the euro area. In June 2015, the youth unemployment rate was 20.7 percent in the EU28 and 22.5 percent in the euro area, compared with 22.1 percent and 23.6 percent respectively in June 2014. In June 2015, the lowest rates were observed in Germany (7.1 percent), Malta (10.0 percent), Estonia (10.1 percent in May 2015), Denmark and Austria (both 10.3 percent), and the highest in Greece (53.2 percent in April 2015), Spain (49.2 percent), Italy (44.2 percent) and Croatia (43.1 percent in the second quarter 2015).

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