Last year the employment rate of the EU population aged 20-64 slightly exceeded 70 percent, while Croatia remained in a group of countries with the lowest rates, a report by the European Union's statistical office shows.
"In 2015, the employment rate of the population aged 20 to 64 in the European Union (EU) stood at 70.1%, up compared with 2014 (69.2%) although still remaining slightly below its 2008 peak (70.3%)," Eurostat said.
In comparison with 2014, the employment rate in this age group increased in almost all member states, including Croatia. The largest increases were recorded in Hungary, Estonia, Spain, Bulgaria, Latvia, Ireland and Slovakia.
Employment rates of above 75% were recorded in Sweden (80.5%), Germany (78%), the United Kingdom (76.9%), Denmark and Estonia (76.5% each) and the Netherlands (76.4%).
In Croatia, the employment rate in 2015 was 60.5%, as against 59.2% in 2014. Greece had by far the lowest rate (54.9%), followed by Italy (60.5%) and Spain (62%).
The employment rate of persons aged 55 to 64 in the EU has grown steadily over the last years, from 38.4% in 2002 to 53.3% in 2015.
In 2015, compared with 2014, the employment rate in this age group increased in almost all member states, including Croatia. The highest rate was recorded in Sweden (74.5%), followed by Germany (66.2%), Denmark (64.7%), Estonia (64.5%), the UK (62.2%) and the Netherlands (61.7%).
In Croatia, the employment rate of people aged 55-64 was 39%, as against 36.3% in 2014, which put Croatia in a group of countries with the lowest rates. Greece had a rate of 34.3%, Slovenia 36.6% and Luxembourg 38.4%.