Spanish unemployment centre
People enter a government-run employment office in Madrid, SpainReuters

The eurozone's job market is slowly recovering as 137,000 fell out of unemployment in August, but the economic area's headline jobless rate remained unchanged at 11.5%.

However, Eurostat, the official statistics body of the European Commission, said the unemployment rate was down from 12% last year.

The research body estimated that 18.3 million people were out of work across the eurozone in August, down by 834,000 compared with last year.

Spain (24.4%) and Greece (27% in June) had some of the highest unemployment rates across the region.

In contrast, Germany (4.9%) and Austria (4.7) has some of the lowest jobless rate across the eurozone in August.

The UK also had one of the lowest unemployment rates at 6.2% in the three months to July, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Eurostat also said that the region's youth unemployment rate (for under 25s) was stable at 23.3% in August.

The research body explained that Germany (7.6%), Austria (44.2%) and the Netherlands (10.1%) had the lowest youth unemployment rates.

In contrast, the UK's unemployment rate for 16 to 24 year olds was 16.6% in the three months to July.