Although the announcements by the Spanish government are insistent on pointing out how the country is well on its way out of recession, the picture is still a bleak on when it comes to unemployment figures quoted by the European Union.

According to the latest data released by Eurosat, Spanish regions occupy seven of the top ten places in terms of unemployment figures. In fact, the top five places are all Spanish.

The worst region in Europe for unemployment, as the close of statistical data for 2013, is Andalusia with a 36.3% unemployment rate, followed by Ceuta with 35.6%, Melilla with 34.4%, the Canary Islands with 34.1%, and Extremadura with 33.7%. In sixth place is Greece with West Macedonia having 31.8%, then back to Spain for number seven with Castilla-La Mancha standing at 30.1% unemployed, back to Greece for Central Macedonia in eighth place with 30.0%, Murcia in Spain is ninth with 34.4%, and in tenth place is the French region of Reunión, with a 28.9% unemployment rate.

What is perhaps more distressing is that every region of Spain has a higher unemployment rate than the EU average, which came in at 10.8% for 2013, with a further 6 regions being added to those already listed that have double that European average.

The figure becomes even more disturbing when broken down into age groups. The problem of unemployment in young people is of grave concern to many, but with little practical help seemingly being given.

The European average unemployment rate for the 15 to 24 years of age group comes out at 23.4%, already considerably higher than the general figure, but when the statistics for places like Ceuta, which came top of the list, reveal a staggering 72.7%, it is perhaps no wonder that such indignation is felt amongst the many young people struggling to find work. The other struggling regions are also particularly high on the list for youth unemployment, with 66.1% without work in Andalusia, 61.7% in Extremadura and 61.6% unemployed in Castilla-La Mancha.

As for the country as a whole, Greece holds the highest registered numbers of active workers who are unemployed, with a figure standing at 27.5% of the working population, but Spain still holds second place with a close 26.03% unemployment rate.

As for the opposite side of the spectrum, the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany are currently boasting some of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU.

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