Between the second quarter and the third quarter of 2017, 3.3 million people (19.8% of all unemployed in the second quarter of 2017) found a job. During this period, 10.0 million (59.0%) remained unemployed and a further 3.6 million (21.2%) became economically inactive. For the first time data for Belgium are included. Data for Germany are not available.
Of all those initially in employment in the second quarter of 2017, 2.5 million (1.3%) became unemployed in the third quarter of 2017, and 4.0 million (2.2%) transitioned into economic inactivity.
From those initially counted as economically inactive in the second quarter of 2017, 4.0 million (3.5%) moved into employment in the third quarter 2017, and 3.9 million (3.5%) transitioned into unemployment.
The graphic and table below give an overview of all possible transitions and show the changes in labour market status. In the graph, the figures for employment, unemployment and inactivity refer to the number of people remaining in each status between the two quarters. The grey arrows indicate the direction of net flows.
Transitions in labour market status in the EU, Q2 2017 - Q3 2017
(in millions; population aged 15-74)
(in % of initial status; population aged 15-74)
For more information:
Source dataset on quarterly labour market flows (including Member States' data).
Metadata on labour market transitions.
Eurostat Statistics Explained article on labour market flow statistics in the EU.