Number of employees hits record high in EU, eurozone in Q4: Eurostat

BRUSSELS, May 16 (Xinhua) — Nearly 241 million people, including 160 million in the eurozone, have been employed across Europe till the fourth quarter of 2018, marking a record high in the European Union (EU) and the eurozone, the European Commission said Wednesday in a press release.

Since Jean-Claude Juncker took office as the president of the European Commission in 2014, 13.4 million jobs have been created, including 9.5 million in the eurozone, the release said, citing an estimation from the EU statistical office Eurostat.

Compared to the previous quarter, the employment rate in the eurozone and the EU28 in the first quarter of 2019 is still rising, as the number of people in jobs has increased by 0.3 percent in the eurozone and the EU28, said the release.

In the last quarter of 2018, the employment rate increased by 0.3 percent in the eurozone and 0.2 percent in the EU28 quarter on quarter.

On a year-on-year basis, the employment rate increased by 1.3 percent in the eurozone and 1.1 percent in the EU28 in the first quarter of 2019, said the release.

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