Unemployment levels among the 19 countries that use the euro fell slightly in October, giving the European Central Bank (ECB) more food for thought as it meets this week to consider stepping up measures to boost the region's economic recovery.
The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for the euro zone was 10.7 percent in October, down from 10.8 percent in September 2015, and from 11.5 percent in the same month last year, according to data from the European statistics provider Eurostat.
This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since January 2012 at the height of the region's economic and debt crisis. The broader 28-country European Union's unemployment figures for October were stable on the previous month's at 9.3 percent.
Nonetheless, in spite of a small improvement in the euro zone's economy, with gross domestic product and business confidence figures pointing up, unemployment levels have remained stubbornly fixed at around 11 percent.