OREANDA-NEWS. Out of all persons in the European Union (EU) who were unemployed in the fourth quarter 2015, 65.7% (13.0 million persons) remained unemployed in the first quarter 2016, while 15.4% (3.0 million) moved into employment and 18.9% (3.7 million) towards economic inactivity in Q1 2016.

Of all those initially in employment, 96.2% (169.7 million persons) remained in employment, while 1.7% (2.9 million) of those employed in the fourth quarter 2015 were observed to be unemployed in the first quarter 2016, and 2.2% (3.8 million) transitioned into economic inactivity.

Today, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, publishes quarterly labour market flows, based on non-seasonally adjusted labour market data from the European Union Labour Force Survey.

Labour market flows show the movements of individuals between employment, unemployment, and economic inactivity. In order to ensure comparability, data published by Eurostat are based on a harmonised methodology. This may result in small differences between these data and those published nationally.

Geographical information

Data for the European Union (EU) presented in this news release cover 26 out of the 28 Member States: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Data are not available for Belgium and Germany.
For Belgium, data are expected to become available from Q1 2017 onwards.
For Germany, data are expected to become available from Q1 2019 onwards