1. 11.4 PERCENT

    Euro-Zone Unemployment Spikes

    People walk by a unemployment office in Madrid, Thursday, March 1, 2012. Eurozone unemployment hits 10.7 percent in January, highest since euro established in 1999. (AP Photo/Antonio Heredia)

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    Unemployment in the euro zone hit a record 11.4 percent on Monday, and a new factory report showed that manufacturing dipped again, an indication that a new recession may be settling in. Unemployment in the 17 nations using the common currency hit the record level in August, and numbers for June and July were revised up to the same level on Monday. Experts say that insufficient growth and the continuing debt crisis have created a situation where unemployment is now even spreading to countries like Germany that had once been thought protected. While unemployment in Germany stayed level at 5.5 percent, the rate of people out of work in Spain climbed to 25.1 percent, the highest of any euro-zone nation.

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