European Union unemployment hits record 11.8%; Greece 26%

BRUSSELS - Unemployment in the 17 European Union countries that use the euro is still headed in the wrong direction.

It reached a record 11.8 percent in November as the number of jobless in the 27-country EU topped 26 million for the first time since the financial crisis began three years ago.

Unemployment in Greece is up to 26 percent.

The figures illustrate the task facing EU leaders to repair the region's economies.