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Unemployment in the Netherlands in April was the lowest in the eurozone, at 4.1 percent, against an average of 10.1 percent. In neighbouring Germany the level went down to 7.7 percent.

Jobless figures in the 16-nation common European currency area have gone up by 1 percentage point since February, according to the European statistics office Eurostat. The current unemployment rate of 10.1 percent, or 16 million people, is a record high since 1999, when the euro was introduced.

The highest number of unemployed was registered in Spain, where up to 20 percent of the labour force is out of work. The figures conform to projections made by analysts.