The unemployment rate in the eurozone decreased to 6.5% in October, to 6.0% in the EU
The unemployment rate in the Eurozone was 6.5%. The index has fallen to a record low level in the history of its calculations. In September 2022, the unemployment rate was 6.6%. Analysts had expected the unemployment rate to remain at the September level of 6.6%, according to Trading Economics.
Eurozone unemployment fell to 6.0% from 6.1% a month earlier. There were 12.953 million unemployed in the 27 EU countries in October, of which 10.872 million were in the eurozone. Compared to October 2021, the number of unemployed fell by 1.158 million in the EU and 1.053 million in the euro area.
In October, there were 2.872 million unemployed young people (under 25 years of age) in the EU, of which 2.326 million were in the euro area. The youth unemployment rate in the EU and the euro area was 15.1% compared to 15.2% (EU) and 15% compared to 15.2% a month earlier (euro area). In the U.S., the situation is similar, which puts pressure on stock markets and in particular on NVIDIA stock prices today.
Among EU countries the lowest unemployment rate in October was registered in Czech Republic (2.1%), Poland and Germany (3.0%), Malta (3.1%) and the highest in Greece (11.6%) and Spain (12.5%).
In France, unemployment remained at 7.1% and in Italy dropped to 7.8% from 7.9% in September.
Earlier, we reported that the Chinese stock market closed in the negative amid protests in China.
Default in the U.S. will force the world to look for an alternative to the dollar
A default in the U.S. would have significant implications for the global economy, including a potential decline in world stock markets and widespread panic. However, one of the most crucial concerns for the international community would be the search for an alternative to the dollar as the primary reserve currency, as cautioned by The Economist, a British publication.
If the U.S. Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling in a timely manner, it could result in the country’s first-ever national debt default in modern history. Given the widespread belief in the stability of the U.S. economy, the failure to meet expectations would have irreversible consequences, according to the publication.
“In most cases, the currency of countries that default experiences significant depreciation. This would cast doubt on the future of the dollar as a safe haven during times of crisis, leading investors to explore alternative options,” The Economist concluded.
Previously, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva called on BRICS countries to diminish the dominance of the dollar. He expressed the belief that developing nations should utilize their own currencies in global trade and advocated for the BRICS to explore the possibility of creating an alternative currency.
Earlier we reported that the ECB prepares to introduce a digital euro.
ECB prepares to introduce digital euro
The digital euro is expected to be launched in three to four years, with the availability of bills being based on demand, according to Fabio Panetta, a member of the European Central Bank (ECB) Executive Board, as reported by Les Echos.
To ensure compatibility with other similar currencies, Panetta stated that the ECB has been collaborating closely with the central banks of the United States, Britain, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, and Sweden.
Panetta believes that although interoperability is desirable, different national privacy regulations could complicate the process at this preliminary stage of comparison.
Experts anticipate that the ECB’s plans for the digital euro are primarily focused on retail usage. The digital currency could be transferred using a digital wallet and could be accessed through a standard app or existing online banking apps. The digital euro is not intended to replace cash but rather to provide an additional method of storing currency. It would serve as a secure and user-friendly electronic means of payment available to anyone in the eurozone.
Earlier we reported that the dollar appreciated against the euro and the yen ahead of the release of U.S. data.
The dollar appreciated against the euro and the yen ahead of the release of U.S. data
According to trading data, on Monday evening, the dollar rose against the euro and the yen in anticipation of the minutes from the May meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) and the country’s GDP data.
The euro-dollar exchange rate declined from $1.0808 to $1.0804, while the dollar-yen exchange rate increased from 137.99 yen to 138.53 yen. The dollar index, which measures the exchange rate against a basket of currencies from six U.S. trading partners, rose 0.04% to 103.24 points.
Currency investors are eagerly awaiting the release of the minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s May meeting, which took place after the central bank raised the discount rate by 25 basis points to 5-5.25% per annum.
On Thursday, the second estimate of U.S. GDP growth for the first quarter will be published. Analysts anticipate that the U.S. The Treasury will maintain its estimate of 1.1% year-on-year growth for the country’s economy.
Earlier we reported that the euro’s share of global settlements fell to a three-year low of 31.74%.
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