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28/06/2011

EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review – June 2011

June 2011


According to the new EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review, the EU labour market is continuing to recover but at a slow pace and with large variations across EU countries. Employment has improved since the second quarter of 2010, but significantly less than the economic output, while job losses have been concentrated in the lower-middle of the wage spectrum. Even if the overall trends during the last year points to a slight recovery of the labour market, long-term social risks are apparent, especially for specific sub-groups, including young people, migrants and low-skilled. Unemployment decreased to 9.4 %, but this benefited mostly Member States which already had a lower than average unemployment rate. The labour market for youth has been improving for some time; however the overall impact of the crisis on young people remains significant. Unemployment still affects 20.3% of young people who are active in labour market, and remains a major challenge in nearly all Member States, together with an increased risk of long-term unemployment. 

author(s): European Commission/DG Employment and Social Affairs
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