Europe's Second Scariest Chart

Tyler Durden's picture

The unemployment rate across the 17-nation euro-zone reached its highest level on record (22 years) at 11.2% and becomes Europe's second scariest chart. The silver medal in scary factor is quite an accomplishment with parabolic TARGET2 exposures and plunging core short-term yields but the gold medal holder remains the extreme levels of youth unemployment that remain in the periphery. It would appear that Europe, in its haste to follow the lead of the US in cost-cutting and blood-letting amid a significant depression recession that clearly CEOs do not believe wil be short-lived, is seeing "Companies generally are under serious pressure to keep their labor forces as tight as possible to contain their costs in the face of the current limited demand, strong competition and worrying and uncertain growth outlook,” and as Reuters points out from IHS's Howard Archer, "there looks to be a very real danger that the euro-zone unemployment rate could reach 12 percent in 2013."


May's unemployment was revised up from 10.1% to 11.2% as even glorious employer-uber-alles Germany saw the ranks of the unemployed swell. With economic confidence surveys plunging and manufacturer's employment expectations dropping, we suspect the gold medal youth unemployment - with all its social unrest fire-starting angst - will be pressed hard by the breadth of unemployment across the dis-union.


Euro-17 Unemployment Rate


Youth Unemployment Rates:


Chart: Bloomberg

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Jason T's picture

only 25% of Americans btw 16-19 are employed.  75% are not.   Tis why they are not driving cars like they used to.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

It's becoming clear to all but the most ignorant populists that decisions simply have to be made by the European commission and NOT the member states. The member states hav shown themselves to be incapable of civil discourse, and have created a childish playground social dynamic. Germany is the greedy bully that refuses to share, whereas other nation states choose to engage in childish name calling rather than uniting against the German bully to get a fair deal. President Herman Van Rompuy and Commissioner Barroso are the teachers trying desperately to control the classroom and educate these immature children. 

malikai's picture

Come on. I know you can do better than that.

Another dry spell?

Temporalist's picture

Yea I mean not even one mention of how it's all libertarians' fault.  Down vote for lack of effort.

The Monkey's picture

With central banks about to go balls out, or their proxy in the case of the ECB, it's probably time to go long Europe and EM's.

At some point you hit bottom. 12% unemployment is getting there!

malikai's picture

Best of luck to you.

Do let us know when you decide to sell.

I might be looking to buy.

Lohn Jocke's picture

In the long run, markets will recover right? Just print until then.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

it's Europe, there's no Libertarians there :D

zeek's picture

Ignorant is thinking that any type of global governance, even on a smaller scale (a.k.a. EU), could possibly work.  Just look what has happened in the US when the Fed grows beyond what is necessary.  Governance needs to be localized whenever possible.

Unfortunately, tearing apart the European experiment is going to be really painful.

Roandavid's picture

That there is some brilliant trolling.

Linus2011's picture

this is of course ironic.

even a banker can not be that stupid:)

CCanuck's picture

+1 for making me laugh real hard.

The only thing you missed, Germany did not build it's country, everyone else in the EZ made it for them.

Thank You MDB, you always put a smile on my face.


Sandmann's picture

Funny that and just how does the UNELECTED European Commission come into being ?

The European Commission CAUSED the problems buit it is spending $500 million on a new HQ in Luxembourg Konrad Adenauer Building so that's fine.

You might as well say National Socialism is the answer because it at least represents the People who live in these countries rather than Abstract Marxist Utopianism. You could ask where these Politicians were in 1968


Anusocracy's picture

Voting is irrelevant considering there is no right to form a government anyway.

It's all a con.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

if not for the Barroso comment I could have given this one a thumbs up DESPITE knowing I'm encouraging a troublemaker.

malikai's picture

I never understood "youth employment" of any age below 18 to be anything other than "child labor".

Is being a student considered "youth unemployment"?

CCanuck's picture

Started working at 12, because I wanted more, I was not child labor forced to work. I made the choice to have have extra money that my parents would not provide, as they believed that I should earn the 'more' in my life.

My Parents, and Grandparents grew up working on the homestead, they are, and were some of the most productive people in their community, as they learned the value of their labor at a very early stage in life.

Malikai, you should try to understand what youth emeployment means to others before slapping some 'progressive political label' on it.


malikai's picture

I do understand that. I was also making money, first by babysitting at the age of 10, then working at a catering company from 12 through various jobs while going to school until I settled on a career at 18 and began to educate and gain my experience in that.

Perhaps my context should be cleared up a bit.

I just don't understand why it is considered "unemployed" when a kid doesn't work. In our "progressive" society, "kids" are supposed to be in school until at least 18, right? (nevermind the question about whether they actually learn anything or not) The 'youth unemployed' statistic doesn't make sense in the current day and age. Also, are these 17 year olds collecting unemployment. I'm bothered because maybe I could have just taken unemployment checks when I was 12.

viahj's picture

technically, I think you are correct.  under 18 (in the US) should be in school, thus not counted as unemployed.  speaking in terms of sociology in today's iGadget world, US "teens" who do not have income to provide them these things (if their parents cannot or will not provide) will use their social media and create a firestorm of spoiled rebellion so that's why it's tracked.  rebellions ususally start from disenfranchised (idealistic) youth.

Nussi34's picture

What do mean? You had less money than you had ideas what to spend it on?

Eireann go Brach's picture

I think fat assed youths in the US think being on twitter and facebook is actually employment!

Lohn Jocke's picture

"Nah see, Ive got this plan to start this website, with movie clips of nudity so you don't have to watch the whole movie to see a celebrity's tit..."

RSloane's picture

Don't forget the number of gruelling hours they spend levelling up characters in their favorite MMORPG. Surely that counts for something....other than the Type II Diabetes which has reached epidemic proportions in our youth.

chubbar's picture

If they count the unemployed the way they do in the U.S. it means they are really at 25-30% unemployment.

El Oregonian's picture

I gotta hurry before someone else takes the best corner spot for the morning panhandle "Job".

francis_sawyer's picture

Once upon a time you could start wars to solve the unmployment problem...

But over the last 50 years, Europe has outsourced it's defense to the United States & the all the US needs anymore are drones, button pushers, & cooks (who serve for a few years & then want benefits)... Meanwhile, assembly lines have been mechanized & the 'slave' type labor is outsourced to Chindia (who outsources it themselves)...

There must be an 'Illuminati Playing Card' that deals with this conundrum... (Here's the deck ~ look for yourselves & tell me what you come up with)...

magpie's picture

There's supposed to be a more accurate second edition around, but the release has been cancelled.

malikai's picture

War can be organized in a rather short amount of time.

Germany was able to go from a crippled, debt ridden industrial economy under foreign control to conqueror of a continent in what, 20 years? That's the blink of an eye in historical timeframes.

AnAnonymous's picture

For wars to be effective in an overconsumption problem, it has to eliminate big consumers.

The deal is such it can not happen. Overconsumers are too strong to be reduced through wars by light consumers or non consumers.

War can not work.

malikai's picture

Nuclear war would solve that pesky overconsumption problem.

It might save the whales and polar bears too.

See? Win/Win!

RSloane's picture

Oh look, there's Paul Krugman playing the "alien abduction" card!

SheepDog-One's picture

Real unemployment US/EU is 20% at least....enough with the charade.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

In my 15 years at my job I have never had so many ex-customers call to tell me their company is going under soon and they are starting to look for a new job.  This shit is bad.  Our budgets are capped now, we are not hiring anything.   Waiting for my number to be pulled so then my back up plans start rolling. 

Fish Gone Bad's picture

I met a business owner this last Sunday.  He lost his job 10 years ago and no one would hire him.  So he opened his own business.  He is losing a couple thousand $$$ a month keeping the doors open.  That conversation really creeped me out...

lizzy36's picture

War: What's It Good For?


johnnyyuma's picture

Lots of young people that are employable as drone fodder or virtual slaves for the state as "security". Either way the population will be reduced by war or gulags.


asteroids's picture

This is demographics. The ONLY way this changes is/when the over 50 crowd start dying in massive numbers. OR, government makes retirement very very attractive.

AnAnonymous's picture

How so?

Work is a function of resources.

If the 50 crowd deplete enough resources (and there are US citizens among them, maybe even, the majority of the 50 crowd is US citizens), then the capacity of the environment to support a certain level of work will be diminished accordingly, leaving the under 50 crowd to live in a world that can not support their capacity to work.

The more an environment goes toward depletion, the less work it will allow.

The way it is.

US world order.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

AnAnonymous said:

The more an environment goes toward depletion, the less work it will allow.

Made me laugh. Even as the last vestigial remnants of cerebral activity in the AnAnonymous cranial environment ossify and shrivel toward depletion, he gets more and more work from the Chinese Citizenism Ministry of Truth.

The way it is.

Chinese citizenism roadside odor.

hugovanderbubble's picture


Regards from Kitzbuhel


*Peugeot is in default

buzzsaw99's picture

can't make a souffle without breaking a few eggs.

Lohn Jocke's picture

If we print enough money we can feed the vegans.

Dr. Engali's picture

Hmmm I wonder what TPTB will do with all these young people running around with nothing to do. I'm sure they have a plan in their devious minds.

TPTB_r_TBTF's picture

Issue those youngins EBT cards.  Those youngins can amuse themselves.

Anusocracy's picture

Discover an al Qaeda base in a nearby star system and send the young to fight them.



101 years and counting's picture

my fave chart, should it ever be presented, would be total debt (student loans, credit cards, car loans, etc) for college grads, making less than 25K.