The eurozone economy and employment rate crashed at record levels between April and June.
Economic output in the 19 countries shrank by 12.1 percent in the second quarter of this year, the EUs statistics office reported Friday, for the biggest contraction since it began keeping records 25 years ago.
The number of employed people in the eurozone meanwhile decreased by 2.8 percent over that time — also the sharpest drop ever observed. EU-wide, employment fell 2.6 percent.
In the previous quarter, employment in the eurozone decreased by 0.2 percent and in the EU27 by 0.1 percent.
The data shows how the coronavirus is putting national safeguards against unemployment under strain.