New record for jobs in eurozone

Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, employment increased by 1.6%.

Eurostat said in a separate statement that industrial production rose 0.1% in the eurozone in July compared with June. Meanwhile, production of non-durable consumer goods fell by 0.4% and energy by 1.2%.

Despite the only slight increase, the output figures bode well for the 19-country bloc's growth in the second half of the year, as the output rise was mostly caused by capital goods, confirming business' upbeat sentiment.

Among components, capital goods climbed 0.8 percent and intermediate goods rose 0.5 percent. Likewise, durable consumer goods output advanced 0.7 percent.

Malta's employment growth was followed by Spain with 0.9 percent, and Greece and Poland both with 0.8 percent. Monthly growth matched economists' expectations.

There was also an upward revision of the June year-on-year data to 2.8 percent growth, from the 2.6 percent previously estimated by Eurostat.

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