(12 April 2016) – The Spring Quarterly Review of Employment and Social Situation in the EU published today confirms the steady increase in activity rates, i.e. the share of working-age people (15-64) who are either working or actively looking for a job.
The EU-wide employment rate has just returned to its pre-crisis level, but shows much wider disparities across countries, ranging from 55% in Greece to 80% in Estonia, Germany and Sweden.
Unemployment continues to recede as there are now 4.9 million less unemployed people than during the April 2013 peak.
The Quarterly Review also shows that permanent and full-time jobs continue to increase, albeit at a slower pace than in 2014.