The global recession has taken its toll on jobs in the eurozone. In September 2010, the area's overall unemployment rate was more than 10%.
But here, too, there is evidence of how far the currency club still is from genuine economic convergence, with wide variations in unemployment levels across the 16 member countries.
Spain is worst off, with a jobless rate that has doubled since 2008 - a dramatic development for a country that was one of Europe's biggest job creators.
Elsewhere, Slovakia, the Irish Republic, Portugal, Greece and France all have double-digit jobless rates that are above the eurozone average, while the Netherlands is the least afflicted, with unemployment of around 4%.