This is the first quarterly review since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and public health crisis, which has led to an abrupt change of employment developments and social outlook in the EU as well as globally.
This review is based on the latest data available until the end of January 2020. It can hence not yet depict the most recent developments related to the pandemic and its socio-economic consequences. The available data show that developments until January 2020 have been positive, with 209 million people in employment in the EU in 2019, of which 160 million in the euro area. Compared to spring 2013, this meant 15 and 12 million, respectively, more jobs. In January 2020, in the EU there was about 2.1 million fewer young people unemployed compared to the peak of February 2013.
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