Second quarter 2016 compared with first quarter 2016
1 in 5 unemployed persons in the EU found a job
Out of all persons in the European Union (EU) who were unemployed in the first quarter 2016, 63.2% (12.6 million persons) remained unemployed in the second quarter 2016, while 19.5% (3.9 million) moved into employment and 17.3% (3.5 million) towards economic inactivity. Economically inactive individuals are those neither employed nor unemployed. Examples are students, pensioners and housewives or -men, provided that they are not working at all and not available or looking for work either.
Of all those initially in employment, 97.3% (170.8 million persons) remained in employment, while 1.2% (2.0 million) of those employed in the first quarter 2016 were observed to be unemployed in the second quarter 2016, and 1.6% (2.7 million) transitioned into economic inactivity.
Of all those initially in economic inactivity, 93.3% (106.1 million persons) remained in inactivity, while 6.7% entered the labour market: 3.1% (3.6 million) of those inactive in the first quarter 2016 moved into employment in the second quarter 2016, and 3.6% (4.1 million) transitioned into unemployment.
Today, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, publishes quarterly labour market flows, based on non-seasonally adjusted labour market data from the European Union Labour Force Survey. Transitions in labour market status in the EU*, Q1 2016-Q2 2016 (in millions; population aged 15-74)