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The number of persons employed increased by 0.4% in both the euro area (EA19) and in the EU28 in the second quarter of 2017 compared with the previous quarter, according to national accounts estimates published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the first quarter of 2017,

employment increased by 0.5% in both areas. These figures are seasonally adjusted. Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, employment increased by 1.6% in the euro area and by 1.5% in the EU28 in the second quarter of 2017 (after +1.6% and +1.5% respectively in the first quarter of 2017). Eurostat estimates that, in the second quarter of 2017, 235.4 million men and women were employed in the EU28, of which 155.6 million were in the euro area. These are the highest levels ever recorded in both areas. These figures are seasonally adjusted.

 

Employment growth in Member States.   Among Member States for which data are available for the second quarter of 2017, Malta (+1.0%), Spain (+0.9%), Greece and Poland (both +0.8%) recorded the highest increases compared with the previous quarter. In contrast, decreases in employment were observed in Croatia (-0.8%), Latvia (-0.7%), Romania (-0.6%) and Estonia (-0.5%).

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