Portugal’s jobless rate in December was 16.5%, slightly above November’s level but almost two percentage points up from a year earlier, according to data released on Friday by the European Commission’s statistical arm.
The rate was 16.3% in November and 14.6% in December of 2011, according to a Eurostat statement based on national figures, recalculated to fit European Union-wide rules.
In the euro-zone as a whole, the jobless rate in December was 11.7%, and in the EU 10.7%.
Both rates have been unchanged for two months but show significant increases on December of 2011: one percentage point in the case of the euro zone and 0.7 of a point for the EU as a whole.
The largest year-on-year increase in the unemployment rate was in Greece – up to 26.8% in December from 19.7% a year earlier.
Portugal had the fourth largest increase, after Cyprus and Spain.
In all three Baltic states unemployment fell, in the case of Estonia to 9.9% from 12.1% a year earlier.