The number of persons employed increased by 0.4% in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28 in the second quarter of 2018 compared with the previous quarter.
In the first quarter of 2018, employment increased by 0.4% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU28.
Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, employment increased by 1.5% in the euro area and by 1.4% in the EU28 in the second quarter of 2018 (after +1.5% in both areas in the first quarter of 2018).
In the second quarter of 2018, 238.9 million men and women were employed in the EU28, of which 158 million were in the euro area. These are the highest levels ever recorded in both areas.
Employment growth in Member States compared with the previous quarter:
- Highest increases: Estonia and Malta (both +1.3%), Poland (+1.2%), Cyprus (+1.0%) and Luxembourg (+0.9%)
- DecreaseS: Latvia, Portugal, Romania (all -0.3%) and Bulgaria (-0.2%).
Source: Eurostat, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/home