Canary Islands, Andalusia, the Autonomous City of Melilla, Valencia, Murcia and Extremadura were among the ten regions of the European Union (EU) with the highest unemployment rate in 2009, according to data released today by Eurostat, the EU statistical office .
The ten European regions with the highest unemployment rates were the six Spanish regions and the four French overseas departments, headed by Reunion with a 27.1% unemployment, the highest figure across the EU.
Canary Islands, with 26.2% unemployment, was the Spanish region with the highest unemployment and the second on the European list, followed by Andalusia (25.4%), Melilla (24.2%) and French Guadalupe (23, 4%) and Martinique (21.8%).
The Valencian Community (21.2%) ranked seventh, and then Murcia (20.7%), Extremadura and the overseas territory of French Guiana Gallo equilised (20.2%), according to data from Eurostat.
Spanish territories with lowest unemployment were Navarra (10.9%), the Basque Country (11.0%) and Cantabria (12.0%), although all of them exceeded the European average for 2009 of 8.9%.
The above regions of southern Spain and the French overseas also top the list of areas with more of the Twenty female unemployment, which also are other Spanish regions. Thus, first place was Melilla, with female unemployment rate of 33.6%, followed by meetings (29.0%), Ceuta (28.2%), Andalusia (27.1%) and the Canary Islands (27 , 0%). Extremadura was the eighth place, with 25.3%, and Castilla-La Mancha the tenth, to 21.4%.
The classification of European regions is very similar in terms of youth unemployment between 15 and 24. The first Spanish community in this register returns to the Canary Islands (47.9%), followed by Andalusia, with 45.0%.