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Germany offers youth best job prospects in EU

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Germany offers youth best job prospects in EU
Unemployed youth visit job centre in Spain. Photo: DPA
14:14 CEST+02:00
Young people in Germany have better chances of finding a job than their counterparts anywhere else in Europe, according to new statistics released to coincide with International Youth Day.

Germany's youth unemployment is the lowest of all countries in the EU, according to figures by the Eurostat statistics authority, wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Saturday.

Just 350,000 – or just under 8 percent - of 15 and 24 year-olds were out of work in Germany in June this year, said the German Federal Statistical Office on Friday.

Meanwhile, young people are suffering across the continent with a EU-wide average of a staggering 23 percent unemployment.

"This means almost one in every four young people in the EU who wants to and can work does not have a job,“ said a spokesman for the statistics authority, wrote the paper.

In crisis-stricken southern European countries youth employment prospects are far worse than the average, with no signs of improvement, wrote the paper - in Greece and Spain over half of young people are out of work.

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