Statistics in Focus: Population and social conditions. Labour Market Latest Trends 1st quarter 2006 data Employment rate in the EU: trend still up. 2006.17
Hardarson, Ómar S.
The employment rate rose for both men and women, by 0.5 and 0.9 percentage points respectively in one year. In the first quarter 2006, 71.1% of men and 56.7% of women aged 15 to 64 years were employed in the EU-25. The highest yearly increase in female employment rate were recorded in Estonia (from 61.4% in 2005Q1 to 64.9% in 2006Q1). As a result of the rise in the employment rate, the share of the active population (employed plus unemployed people) in the whole population aged 15-64 was up to 70.2% in the 1st quarter 2006, compared to 69.8% one year before. The unemployment rate showed a significant decrease in this period3(see chart 2, page 2).
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