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Polish jobless rate sixth-lowest in EU: Eurostat

Unemployment in Poland was a modest 4.4 percent in February, the sixth-lowest rate in the 28-nation European Union, the bloc’s statistics agency said on Wednesday.

In January, joblessness in Poland stood at 4.5 percent, while in February 2017 it was 5.2 percent, according to the Eurostat agency.

The Czech Republic was the country with the lowest unemployment in the European Union in February, at 2.4 percent, followed by Germany and Malta, each with 3.5 percent, according to Eurostat.

Meanwhile, Greece had the highest jobless rate in the EU, at 20.8 percent, followed by Spain, with 16.1 percent, the agency said.

It added that the EU average for February was 7.1 percent, down from 7.2 percent in January.

In February 2017, the average unemployment rate in the EU was 8 percent, according to Eurostat.

Poland’s Central Statistical Office (GUS), which uses a different methodology, reported last month that Polish joblessness stood at 6.8 percent in February 2018, down from 6.9 percent a month earlier.

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