Employment report: Europe, Middle East and North Africa (August 2013)

While unemployment in Europe remains at record highs, official numbers fell across the Eurozone for the first time in more than two years.

Employment rose in the 17-nation region by 24,000 jobs in June, according to the International Business Times, while total numbers of jobless remain at 19.3 million. While that number is too high for reasonable growth in the region, it was the first decline since April 2011.

The European Union, which holds 27 nations, saw its unemployment rate decline to 10.9 percent from previous highs of 11 percent during the same period - the first drop in more than two and a half years. Some of the most affected countries in the region, including Portugal, Spain and Ireland, saw jobless rates fall, though effective rises in turn were seen in Greece and Cyprus as their governments seek emergency funds.

German rates held steady near their two-decade low, with unemployment decreasing by 7,000 people to 2.93 million, with the overall adjusted rate holding pat at 6.8 percent, according to Bloomberg.

Unemployment rates edged up in Saudi Arabia during the first quarter of 2013, reaching 5.8 percent, up from the fourth quarter's level of 5.4 percent. In contrast, Turkey's unemployment rate fell .5 percent in May, reaching to 8.8 percent - coming closer to the region's four-year low rate of 8 percent.

The Middle East and North Africa have the second-lowest overall employment rates in the world, with only 28 percent of their citizens employed full time according to Gallup.