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Eurozone unemployment rises an 11th straight month

Report may bring calls to reassess austerity plans

FRANKFURT - Unemployment in the eurozone rose to a new high in March, according to figures released Wednesday, a few days before crucial elections in France and Greece. The report is likely to intensify calls for an easing of the region’s austerity drive.

Unemployment in the 17 eurozone countries rose to 10.9 percent in March from 10.8 percent in February, according to Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency. In March 2011, the rate was 9.9 percent.

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