Spanish unemployment stands at 27.2%

People march during a protest against government austerity measures in Barcelona. Credit: REUTERS/Albert Gea

Spanish unemployment figures released today show a record 27.2% are out of work.

French unemployment figures are released later and are also expected to break all recent records.

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Spain, France record jobless

Spain's unemployment rate has hit a record 27.2% of the workforce in the first quarter of this year. It means 6.2 million people are out of work. French unemployment figures also hit a record 10.5%.