Youth unemployment reached 24,4%. The most dramatic situation in the EU was recorded in Greece where six out of 10 workers under 25 were jobless in February 2013.
Critical conditions were also registered in April among Spanish youths at 56,4%, followed by Portuguese youths at 42,5% and Italians 40,5%. French workers under 25 also exeeded the EU-17 unemployment average level with one in four without a job (26,5%).
Eurostat also registered 3,6 million of unemployed workers under 25 in the Eurozone (5,6 millions in the EU), 188,000 more than a year ago when the youth unemployment rate was 22,6%.
Germany, Austria and the Netherlands registered the lowest unemployment rates among youths with percentages ranging between 7,5 and 10,6%. In the EU-27 the overall unemployment rate in April totalled 11%, the same level recorded in March, from 10,3% in April 2012.
In the Eurozone the new record high was instead determined by the growth recorded from March 2013 when those without a job were 12,1%.
Overall, unemployed workers in the Eurozone included 19,3 million people (26,5 million across the EU), 95,000 more than in March and 1,6 million more than 12 months ago.
Countries with the lowest rates are Austria with 4,9%, Germany with 5,4% and Luxembourg with 5,6%. Countries with the highest unemployment levels were Greece at 27%, Spain with 26,8% and Portugal with 17,8%.
There were 18 countries in the EU which registered a growth in unemployment rates compared to a year ago, while nine saw unemployment rates fall, Eurostat said.