The female unemployment rate reaches 19% in Spain, more than double the European average, to rank as the second highest of the 28 countries that make up the European Union (EU), only behind Greece. According to Eurostat data disseminated by the Institute of Economic Studies (IEE), the female unemployment rate has been contained in Spain in recent years, to decrease from 26.7% in 2013 to 19% in 2017.
This trend has also occurred in the EU as a whole, where average female unemployment stood at 7.9% last year, compared to a peak of 10.9% registered four years earlier.
Still, Spain remains among the countries with more female unemployment, behind Greece (26.1%) and followed by Italy (12.4%), Croatia (11.9%), Cyprus (11.3%) , Portugal (9.5%), Slovakia (8.4%) and Finland (also 8.4%).
Those eight countries remain above the EU average, far from the 3.3% of Germany, the country where female unemployment is lowest.
According to the data of the report "Rate of unemployment by sexes" of Eurostat, whereas at the beginning of this year the female unemployment in Spain is of 19%, the masculine one is of 15.7%.
The highest male unemployment rate in the last twelve years has been the 25.6% reached in 2013, a year in which among women unemployment also reached the record rate of 26.7%.
Although since then, female unemployment has been progressively reduced, in line with what has also happened among men, the current rate is still far from the recent low of 10.7% recorded in 2007.