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Euro area unemployment at 8.1%, EU27 at 7.4% (August 2020)

22/10/2020
In August 2020, unemployment rates increased for the fifth consecutive month, accounting for up to 8.1% for the euro area, and up to 7.4% for the European Union. Estimations indicate that, during this month, 15.6 million citizens, 13.2 million of whom being in the euro area, were left unemployed.
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European Parliament stressing the issue of youth unemployment

22/10/2020
As youth unemployment is continuously on the rise (accounting for up to 17.6% in the EU for August 2020, according to Eurostat), the European Parliament adopted a resolution to compel member states to take actionable measures combating this negative trend.
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COVID-19 brings forward threats and opportunities for labour migration, according to ILO & Cedefop

18/09/2020
With an estimated global workforce of 164 million, migrant workers face employment difficulties, since many lost their jobs or pushed to informal working. Lacking social protection and suffering from low wages, ILO warns about the risks migrants may face in their professional futur...
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Euro area unemployment at 7.9%, EU27 at 7.2% (July 2020)

18/09/2020
EU’s unemployment rate for July has risen to 7.2%, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. 
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Cedefop call for tenders: Feasibility study for surveying principals, teachers, learners and in-company trainers in initial vocational education and training

09/09/2020
A new call for tenders has been published by Cedefop for a Feasibility study for surveying principals, teachers, learners and in-company trainers in initial vocational education and training.
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Euro area unemployment at 7.4%, EU27 at 6.6% (March 2020)

18/05/2020
In March, a month marked by a wide introduction of containment measures due to COVID-19, unemployment rates both in the euro area and the EU spiked compared to February (7.4%, up from 7.3% and 6.6%, up from 6.5%, accordingly).
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World Travel & Tourism Council warns about the coronavirus impact to tourism sector

24/04/2020
According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the coronavirus threatens the existence of up to 75 million jobs of Travel & Tourism, translated to sector losses of up to US$2.1 trillion in 2020. 6.4 million of these jobs are located within the EU.
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European Investment Fund and the European Commission launch a new €50 million pilot for the development of skills and education

24/04/2020
A new pilot guarantee facility of €50 million, addressed to individuals and organisations who wish to invest in skills and education is launched by the European Investment Fund (EIF) and the European Commission.
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European Commission launches “SURE” instrument to protect jobs and people at work

22/04/2020
The European Commission launched a coordinated response against the coronavirus effects that threat the European economy, with the temporary “Support mitigating Unemployment Risks in Emergency” (SURE) initiative, aiming to protect affected jobs and workers.
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Up to 24.7 million jobs are at stake due to Covid-19 ILO note suggests

10/04/2020
The global health crisis caused by COVID-19 is rapidly converting to an economic one. International Labor Organization’s (ILO) preliminary assessment note, “COVID-19 and the world of work: Impacts and responses” calls for an “internationally coordinated policy response”, to limit the worldwide-ex...