Long term unemployment in Europe

May 1, 2016

Eurostat recently published some up to date data on long term unemployment at a regional level, the map below uses this data to show the distribution of long term unemployment in the Europe, including Turkey. If you are wondering why the Turks vote for an unenlightened autocrat like Erdogan the map below gives a clue: except for the Kurdish area of Turkey, unemployment is at least not disastrous and sometimes even pretty low. Turkey does much better than either Greece, Italy or Spain. At this moment, Greek emigration to Turkey would make more sense than Turkish emigration to the rest of Europe.

BTW the regional system for the collation and comparison of statistics in the EU is exquisitely named the ‘NUTS‘ system. The map below shows the NUTS 2 level distribution of long term unemployment.

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