3.1 million unemployed found work in Q4 2018


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Between the third and fourth quarters of 2018, 3.1 million people (20.9 % of all unemployed in the third quarter of 2018) found a job. During this period, 8.4 million (57.0 %) remained unemployed and a further 3.3 million (22.1 %) became economically inactive. These figures do not include data for Germany.

Of all those initially in employment in the third quarter of 2018, 2.7 million (1.4 %) became unemployed in the fourth quarter, and 4.9 million (2.6 %) transitioned into economic inactivity.

From those initially counted as economically inactive in the third quarter of 2018, 3.7 million (3.2 %) moved into employment in the fourth quarter, and 3.9 million (3.4 %) 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 graphic, 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, Q3 2018 – Q4 2018

(a) in millions; population aged 15-74

Infographic of quarterly flows from 2018 Q3 to 2018 Q4



(b) as a % of initial status; population aged 15-74

Flow martix from 2018 Q3 to 2018 Q4


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