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12 March 2017

Benchmarking working Europe 2017: labour market shows growing divides between countries and groups of workers

Benchmarking working Europe 2017 labour markets

Despite some improvements of labour market indicators at EU level, high unemployment remains a big problem and new jobs have an increasingly temporary character. Big regional disparities in youth unemployment and new challenges to integrate refugees into the labour market are two other issues highlighted in the second chapter of this year’s Benchmarking working Europe report launched by the ETUI and ETUC on 13 March.

These are some of the main other findings of the special chapter on developments in the labour market, social protection and inequality:

  • Many of the improvements in the employment indicators (i.e. a higher proportion of the working age population was in employment in 2016 than at the outbreak of the crisis and that unemployment is decreasing), are driven by demographic processes rather than improved labour market performance.
  • Between 2008 and 2016 the actual number of jobs declined, with 180,000 fewer people in employment in 2016.
  • Older workers above 65 years of age increased their labour market participation, reflecting either a more sustainable working life or a lack of income from pensions.
  • Young people and those with a low level of educational attainment continue to face a very difficult situation in the labour market, and long-term unemployment remains persistently high and on the rise.

Read the full chapter 2 of the Benchmarking working Europe 2017.

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