Thursday, Erozone's jobless rate stood at 8.9% in March, up from 8.7% in the previous month. The February jobless rate was revised from 8.5% reported initially. Economists were looking for a rate of 8.7%. A year ago, the jobless rate was 7.2%.

Compared with February, the number of unemployed persons increased 419,000 to 14.158 million in March from 13.739 million.

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