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

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