European countries are losing jobs at a rate of about 1.8 million per month, according to data released Tuesday by the European Union.
Europe’s unemployment rate rose to 9.4 percent in the second quarter, from 9.3 percent a year earlier.
The EU has been grappling with job losses since the crisis erupted, when companies shut shop and governments took measures to try to ease the burden on the labor market.
The region is now the fourth-largest economy in the EU, and it has struggled to fill jobs.
The unemployment rate in the eurozone is also at its highest level in five years, rising to 7.6 percent.
The eurozone has been in a recession since the beginning of the year.
Europe has been hit harder by the downturn than many other regions, with an annual unemployment rate of more than 6.5 percent in Greece, 8.2 percent in Italy and 9.6 million in Spain.
“The economy is struggling, it’s not recovering,” said Philippe Leveille, an economist at Leuven University in Belgium.
Austerity measures have helped to fill the gap, but unemployment in Europe is still at a record high.
It was 9.7 percent in February, according the International Monetary Fund.
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The global unemployment rate is 5.3 per cent.
EU leaders are debating a package of austerity measures that includes a 2 percent wage hike and tax increases, as well as a new national minimum wage.
However, EU officials are divided over whether to take any further action.
Some countries, like France and Germany, are worried that the cuts will only worsen unemployment.
They want to maintain existing labor laws to ensure they’re enforced.
Other countries, such as Italy and Spain, have signaled they may not cut wages, and some argue that it would hurt job creation.