Croatia only EU state to record employment fall in Q2

In the second quarter of 2016, Croatia was the only European Union member state with a decrease in employment in comparison with the previous quarter and Q2 2015, the EU statistical office Eurostat said on Tuesday.

In April-June 2016, according to seasonally adjusted figures, the number of persons employed in Croatia fell 0.4% from the previous quarter as well as from Q2 2015. In Q1 2016, employment in Croatia increased 0.1% from the previous quarter and 0.7% on the year.

Among member states for which data are available, Estonia (+1.7%), Ireland (+1.1%) and Lithuania (+1.0%) recorded the highest increases in Q2 2016 compared with the previous quarter. A decrease was observed in Croatia (-0.4%), while employment remained stable in Finland.

Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, the highest employment increases were recorded in Ireland and Luxembourg, 2.9% each.

Eurostat estimates that, in Q2 2016, a record high 232.1 million men and women were employed in the EU28, up 0.3% on the quarter and 1.5% on the year. Of that figure, 153.3 million were in the euro area.

In Q1 2016, the number of persons employed in the EU went up 0.4% on the quarter and 1.4% on the year.

Last update: Tue, 13/09/2016 - 14:03

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