EC report shows huge differences in jobless rate among EU countries

Despite the many initiatives, programmes and measures launched, there are huge differences between European Union member states in the unemployment rate and the results for 2015 are far from the "Europe 2020" strategy goal to have 75 percent of people aged 20-64 employed, an analyst of the European Commission Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion said on Thursday.

Presenting a report on employment and social developments in Europe in 2015, Filip Tanay said the 75% employment target was achieved only in Sweden and was lowest in Greece at 55%.

The findings show, however, that the number of the jobless is decreasing and that of the employed increasing, including in Croatia where, Tanay said, there is plenty of room that must be used to reduce the number of the jobless.

He said Croatia's poverty rate at the end of 2015 was close to the pre-crisis level, and that Croatia was within the EU average when it came to social dialogue, although the perception was that employer-employee relations should be better.

Long term employment is also a problem. It is lowest in Sweden (2%) and highest in Greece (18%). In Croatia, about half of the jobless have been jobless over a year.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49
Author: 

More from Europe

Seven casualties, 22 missing at Italian avalanche-struck hotel

The death toll at an Italian hotel buried by an avalanche last week has risen to seven, while 22 guests and staff...

Sinn Fein names new party leader for Northern Ireland

Sinn Fein on Monday announced a new leader for the Northern Irish branch of the party, following the decision by...

Freezing fog disrupts flights, prompts air pollution alert in London

Heavy fog and freezing temperatures caused the cancellation of dozens of flights Monday and prompted London Mayor...

Farmers spray milk powder at EU building to protest low milk prices

Farmers sprayed more than 1,000 kilograms of milk powder at the European Union headquarters on Monday to protest an...

Sweden investigates three over alleged live stream rape

Three men were questioned Monday in connection with a suspected rape of a Swedish woman that was allegedly streamed...