Produced annually by the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, the Employment in Europe report is now in its 21st year. It has become one of the main tools of the European Commission in supporting Member States in the analysis, formulation and implementation of their employment policies. As in previous years, Employment in Europe 2009 analyses the performance and evolution of the labour market in the EU and candidate countries. In view of the rapidly changing economic situation, this year’s report also presents a more up-to-date picture of the short-term developments in labour markets since spring 2008. In addition, key labour market issues are examined, including: labour flows, transitions and unemployment duration; and the link between climate change and European labour markets. This publication is available in printed format in English only.