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France sees big jump in number of unemployed

Despite promises made by the President François Hollande to stem the rise in unemployment, the number of registered jobless in France jumped significantly in May,the latest figures reveal. The figures are bad, France's PM Manuel Valls admitted.

More Phantom Jobs Created–All In The Wrong Places

Just as the US government claims, falsely, that Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea, that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, that Assad used chemical weapons on Syrians, and so forth and so on, the 6.3 percent unemployment rate is just another government lie.

Italy's jobless rate hits 13.6 percent in Q1

Italy’s unemployment rate hit 13.6 percent in the first three months of this year - 0.8 percent higher than in the same period in 2013 - while youth unemployment reached 46 percent, the national statistics agency Istat said on Tuesday.

Greeks live in 'nightmare' amid job drought, withheld pay

Greece's main opposition party, critical of the EU's austerity policies, went thundering to the top of recent elections. Large numbers of unemployed people are looking to the political left for change.

Grecian Earn: Greeks live in 'nightmare' amid job drought, withheld pay

Fears for Portugal's 'lost' generation

As a result of an economic downturn whose effects were compounded by government austerity measures, Portugal is now fearing for the future of its young, the jobless "lost generation".

Fears for Portugal's 'lost' generation

Unemployment rising in Germany and France, figures show

Number of unemployed people in Germany rose by 24,000, while France's jobless total reached record high of 3.364m.

Pope slams 'inhumane' jobless rate in Spain

Pope Francis on Tuesday criticized an "inhumane" system which causes a youth unemployment rate of "50 percent" in Spain and "60 percent" in Andalusia in the wake of recent European elections.

Half of young Spaniards have no money coming in

Almost half of all Spaniards aged 16 to 29 receive neither a salary nor government benefits while only one in five can afford to fly the family coop, the startling results from a new study reveal.

Italy - Thousands protest against austerity and unemployment

Scuffles broke out between police and hundreds of protesters in Turin at one of several rallies against unemployment and austerity in Italy for May Day.

Unemployment in Italy remains at record level

The unemployment rate in Italy reached 12.7 percent in March, an initial estimate from national statistics agency Istat showed on Wednesday.

Italian factory shutdown threatens 4,000 jobs

A blast furnace at an Italian steel plant was shut down on Thursday with 4,000 jobs at risk despite a call by Pope Francis for officials "to make every effort in terms of creativity and generosity to rekindle hope".

Italy's poor forced to live in squats / Clashes as Rome police move to evict squatters

Italy's recession, the worst since World War II, has had a devastating effect on many ordinary Italians, squeezed hard by tax rises and an alarming unemployment rate, currently at a record 13 percent. The country's traditional family support network has come under increasing strain, and rights groups say more should be done to turn the capital's unused public offices and empty army barracks into council houses.

Clashes broke out at an abandoned office block in Rome on Wednesday as scores of riot police moved to evict some 350 poor families who had occupied the building because of a chronic housing crisis in the city.

Spanish builders made 'slaves' by German firm

Wages below the legal minimum, contracts in a language they don't understand and blackmail tactics to keep them quiet: just some of the problems a group of Spanish builders in Holland contracted by a German firm have decided to speak out.

Germany shuts scheme for young unemployed because of overwhelming demand

Germany said on Monday it would no longer accept applications for a programme to attract young Europeans to its job market due to overwhelming demand from crisis-ravaged countries.

Euro is ‘island of stability’ - Draghi

European Central Bank (ECB) head Mario Draghi said the euro currency is “an island of stability” even though growth in the eurozone is slow and unemployment is still rampant.

US unemployed without extended benefits nearing 2 million

Two full months have passed since almost 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans lost their extended government benefits, a number that has since jumped by 576,000.

Spanish Coke staff stage protest over plant closures

Thousands took to the streets in Madrid on Saturday in protest at the closure of four bottling plants of US soft-drink giant Coca-Cola that would affect 1,250 workers.

Protesters clash with police, set govt buildings ablaze in Bosnia

Thousands of people across Bosnia set fire to local government buildings and clashed with police. Hundreds have been injured in three days of protests in a state that's slipping into serious economic stagnation with around 40 per cent of the population out of work.

The capital Sarajevo, rioters set the Presidential building ablaze, along with police cars and tires. Authorities fired rubber bullets, water cannon and tear gas to disperse the crowds. In other parts of the country protesters hurled rocks at security forces and torched local government buildings.

Video: Protesters clash with police, set govt buildings ablaze in Bosnia

Bosnia braces for more unrest after protests

Bosnia braced for fresh protests amid warnings the country could face a "tsunami" of popular anger over its dire economy after days of riots left several hundred people injured.Activist and protester Damir Arsenijevic speaks live from Tuzla, Bosnia.

Bosnia braces for more unrest after protests

UK government cuts creating Victorian social model

We used to think that the workforce in London had come a long way from the dockworkers of the early 20th Century, who stood outside the dock gates daily, competing for casual work. But the modern white collar “consultant” often has no more security than the dockworker of old and equally fears for their future.

Spain's unemployment: Seven shocking facts

Spain's unemployment rate hit 26 percent again this week. These seven statistics highlight the extent of Spain's unemployment problem.

Spain's jobless rate back up to 26 percent

The unemployment rate in Spain rose again in the final quarter of 2013 to hit 26.03 percent, slightly up from the 25.98 percent figure recorded in the previous quarter, official data released on Thursday shows.

Spain’s unemployment rate stayed above 25% in 2013

A new official report shows Spain’s unemployment rate has remained beyond 25 percent for the sixth quarter in a row, making the country home to a third of the unemployed population in the eurozone.

UK government mulls tightening welfare benefits for immigrants

The UK government reportedly plans to effectively strip welfare benefits from those immigrants who cannot speak English. Under the draft law taxpayer-funded translators and welfare documentation will not be available in other languages but English.

Jobless aid extension stalls in Senate

Legislation to extend federal unemployment benefits stalled in the Senate on Tuesday, ensuring an extension will not become law until after lawmakers return from a one-week recess.

Alleged Economic Recovery: No Jobs For Americans

The alleged recovery took a direct hit from Friday’s payroll jobs report. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy created 74,000 net new jobs in December.

Greek jobless figures surge

Unemployment in Greece has hit a record high of 27.8 percent and the government is expected to eliminate permanent jobs, just as the country assumes the European Union's six-month rotating presidency.Some younger Greeks, seeing no opportunities in the public sector, have decided to take risks by starting their own businesses.Others shy away from such risky jobs and, with banks cash-strapped, there is not enough capital for new investments to pick up labour as quickly as it is being shed.

Greek jobless figures surge

US Congress to begin battle over jobless benefits

The United States Congress is gearing up for a fresh face-off between the Democrats and Republicans over a White House-backed bill to renew unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans.

UK's Atos Healthcare dragoons disabled back to work

An interview with veteran Labour MP, Dennis Skinner examining how private contractor Atos treats the disabled. It seems the company is trying to fill a quota, as it pushes the most vulnerable in society back into work.

Going Underground: "Atos not fit for purpose" - Dennis Skinner on benefits testing (Exclusive) (E26)

White House urges Congress to extend unemployment benefits

The administration of US President Barack Obama has urged US lawmakers to extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans looking for work.

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