By The Associated Press
BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union statistics office says an error in loading data from France meant that May unemployment figures for the EU and euro area were reported 0.1 percentage points lower than they should have been.
Eurostat said Tuesday that the unemployment figures it had released Monday for the eurozone and EU should have been 12.2 percent and 11 percent, respectively, instead of 12.1 percent and 10.9 percent.
The statistics office blamed the error on problems loading data from France, whose May unemployment figure should have been 10.9 percent, 0.5 percentage points higher than previously reported. The data error also caused Eurostat to revise its seasonally adjusted figures for earlier months of the year.
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