(07 February 2017) – The winter edition of the Employment and Social Development in Europe (ESDE) Quarterly Review 2016, released today, highlights continuing economic growth in the EU, together with a steady decrease in unemployment.
In December 2016, there were 1.8 million less unemployed people than the year before. The strongest declines in unemployment were seen in the younger age groups (those 20-24 and 25-29 years old). In the third quarter of 2016, there were 940,000 more people in employment than in spring 2008.
For the first time, all Member States in the EU achieved activity rates above 65%. In addition, in the year to the third quarter of 2016, the number of employees with permanent contracts grew by 1.8%. This represents an increase of 2.8 million employees, which is seven times higher than the increase in temporary contracts of 420 000 (+1.6%).
Also the financial situation of EU households continues to improve in nearly all Member States, as real gross disposable household income continued to grow by a solid 2%. The improvement resulted from an increase in income from work, and a further increase in social benefits.