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In the third quarter of 2015 Croatia was among the EU members whose unemployed citizens had most difficulties in finding work, according to a report released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, on Friday.

Between July and September 2015, every eighth unemployed person in Croatia found a job which means that Croatia's outflow from unemployment stands at 12.3%. This shows that the employment pace had slowed down compared to the previous three months when, according to Eurostat, every sixth person (16.3%) was able to find employment.

Data for the EU presented in the Eurostat report cover 26 out of the 28 member states. Data are not available for Belgium and Germany.

In the third quarter of 2015, Croatia was listed among countries whose unemployed had most difficulties in finding a job, with Ireland and Latvia being closest to it where 12.5% and 11.9% of the unemployed respectively managed to find jobs.

The most difficult country for a jobless person to find a job was Greece where in the third quarter of 2015 only 5.9% of the unemployed managed to find a job (every 17th person).

The strongest employment pace was recorded in Denmark where every third unemployed person (33.9%) managed to find a job. Denmark was followed by Estonia and Sweden.

Out of all persons in the European Union (EU) who were unemployed in the second quarter 2015, 62.7% (12.9 million persons) remained unemployed in the third quarter 2015, while 17.9% (3.7 million) moved into employment and 19.4% (4.0 million) towards economic inactivity in Q3 2015.

Of all those initially in employment, 96.7% (169.6 million persons) remained in employment, while 1.4% (2.4 million) of those employed in the second quarter were observed to be unemployed in the third quarter, and 2.0% (3.5 million) transitioned into economic inactivity.

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