With a rate of 10.8% in September EU15 seasonally-adjusted unemployment has now been the same for four months, Eurostat - the Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg - reports today.
In September last year it was 10.7%.
Eurostat says unemployment was fairly constant in the majority of member states over the last three months. But it continued to rise in France (from 12.3% in June to 12.5%) and fall in the United Kingdom (from 8.3% to 8.1%), Portugal (7.4% to 7.1%) and Finland (16.2% to 15.1%).
Eurostat estimates that around 18.1 million people were unemployed in the EU in September. This is a seasonally-adjusted figure in line with ILO criteria.
In comparison with the EU, the USA is running at 5.2% (August) with 3.3% in Japan.