Portugal registers the sixth largest increase in the employment rate in the EU between the first two quarters of the year – Executive Digest
Between the first and second quarter of 2021, 3.9 million unemployed in the EU (24.2% of all unemployed in the first quarter of 2021) work, according to the Eurostat study on EU labor market flows.
During this period, 8.8 million (54.6%) remained unemployed and 3.4 million unemployed (21.2%) produced themselves economically inactive (that is, they are out of work, but do not look for it, therefore, not included in the definition unemployment rate).
Of the total unemployed in the first quarter of 2021, 2.4 million (1.2%) remained in this situation in the following three months, while 5.5 million (2.8%) moved into a state of economic inactivity.
Of those accounted for as economically inactive in the first quarter of 2021, 6 million (4.9%) had a job in the following three months, while 4.6 million (3.8%) moved into unemployment.
Changes in the employment rate between the first and second quarter of 2021 varied across 27 Member States.
The biggest increases were registered in Slovenia (2.8 pp), Greece (2.1 pp), Belgium and Luxembourg (both with 1.5 pp). Romania (-03 pp) and Estonia (-1.4 pp) were the only countries in the EU to register a drop in the percentage of employability between the two quarters. Portugal was the sixth country in the EU with the highest growth in the employability rate, as shown in the graph below.