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 first quarter of 2017 (after +1.4% and +1.1% respectively in the fourth quarter of 2016).
Eurostat estimates that, in the first quarter of 2017, 234.2 million men and women were employed in the EU28, of which 154.8 million were in the euro area, highest levels ever recorded in both areas. These figures are seasonally adjusted.
These quarterly data on employment provide a picture of labour input consistent with the output and income measure of national accounts.
Employment growth in Member States
Among Member States, Estonia (+2.8%), Malta (+1.7%), Sweden (+1.2%) and Ireland (+1.1%) recorded the highest increases in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the previous quarter. In contrast, decreases in employment were observed in Latvia (-1.9%), Romania (-1.2%), Croatia (-0.6%) and Lithuania (-0.5%).
Member States’ growth rates for employment in the first quarter of 2017
% change over the previous quarter, seasonally adjusted