In Spain, the jobless number for April fell 0.9 percent month-on-month, according to the country's Labor Ministry. This was a fall of 46,050 people and still leaves 5 million people out of work in the country.
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In Asia, commodity stocks helped equity markets notch up solid gains on Monday, with the U.S. jobs data lifting investor confidence.
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In France, tens of thousands of French protesters from the far-left marched in Paris to denounce economic austerity on Sunday, to mark the one-year anniversary of President Francois Hollande coming to power.
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Italy's new Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Sunday that he will present a plan to boost employment that could potentially be used as an EU-wide template.
The plan would allow investments related to job creation from budget calculations, he said in a TV interview on Sunday. Letta is due to travel to Madrid to meet Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday.