Employment increased 0.4% in euro area and 0.3% in EU28Staff Writer | September 14, 2016
The number of persons employed increased by 0.4% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.3% in the EU28 in Q2 2016 compared with Q1, according to national accounts estimates published by Eurostat.
Europe 232.1 million men and women were employed
Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, employment increased by 1.4% in the euro area and by 1.5% in the EU28 in the second quarter of 2016 (after +1.4% in both zones in the first quarter of 2016).
Eurostat estimates that, in the second quarter of 2016, 232.1 million men and women were employed in the EU28 (highest level ever recorded); of which 153.3 million were in the euro area (highest level since the fourth quarter of 2008). These figures are seasonally adjusted.
Among member states for which data are available, Estonia (+1.7%), Ireland (+1.1%) and Lithuania (+1.0%) recorded the highest increases in the second quarter of 2016 compared with the previous quarter.
A decrease was observed in Croatia (-0.4%), while employment remained stable in Finland. ■