In the last quarter of 2016, 3.32 million people in the European Union (EU) were able to find job, according to the latest data of European Statistics Office Eurostat. The figure represent a total 18.4% of all unemployed in the third quarter of last year. The institution specified that the data did not include statistics for Germany and Belgium.
Another 11.3 million people (62.5%), who were jobless, remained unemployed and another 3.4 million (19.1%) went to the “economically inactive” category, including unemployed people who are not looking for a job.
Of the persons employed in the third quarter of 2016 in the EU, 2.7% (1.5%) became unemployed in the fourth quarter. Another 4.5 million people (2.5%) joined the group of economically inactive.
The other 172.1 million people remain in employment, Eurostat reports.
The statistics office estimates that 19.716 million men and women in the EU-28, of whom 15.515 million were in the euro area (EA-19), were unemployed in March 2017. Compared with Ferbruary 2017, the number of persons unemployed decreased by 56 000 in the EU-28 and by 5 000 in the euro area. Compared with March 2016, unemployment fell by 1.647 million in the EU-28 and by 991 000 in the euro area.