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Type Book
Title European Union Labour Force Survey: Annual Results. 2011
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2011
Publisher Eurostat
URL http://keig.org/content/raporlar/European Union Labour-Force-Survey-Annual-results 2011 .PDF
In 2011 the picture of the EU labour market was still
being determined by the economic and financial crisis,
although the negative trend of recent years came to a
halt. The EU employment rate1
for those persons of
working age (15-64) was up slightly by 0.1 p.p. in 2011
to 64.3 % (see Figure 1). It was unchanged at 70.1 %
for men and rose to 58.5 % (+0.3 p.p.) for women.
This publication presents the main results of the EU
Labour Force Survey for the year 2011.
The employment rate for the population aged 15-64 was
higher than the EU average in twelve EU Member States.
The highest rates were recorded by the Netherlands
(74.9 %), Sweden (74.1 %), Denmark (73.1 %), Germany
(72.5 %) and Austria (72.1 %). However, there were ten
Member States that did not reach 60 %. The lowest
employment rates were observed in Greece (55.6 %),
Hungary (55.8 %), Italy (56.9 %), Malta (57.6 %) and
Spain (57.7 %).
The employment rates for the participating EFTA
countries were above 75 %, with Switzerland and Iceland
recording 79.3 % and 78.5 % respectively in 2011.
Compared with 2010, the employment rate rose in
fourteen Member States. The highest increases were
recorded in Estonia (+4.1 percentage points), Lithuania
(+2.9 p.p.), Latvia (+2.5 p.p.), Malta (+1.5 p.p.), Sweden
and Germany (+1.4 p.p.). On the other hand, the
employment rate fell in twelve Member States, notably in
Greece (-4.0 p.p.), Slovenia (-1.8 p.p.) and Cyprus (-1.6
In the context of the Europe 2020 strategy2
, the
employment rate for the narrower age group of 20 to 64
year-olds is used as one of the headline indicators. The
EU employment rate for persons within this age class
remained stable at 68.6 % from 2010 to 2011, but was
still well below the target rate of 75 %. The EU
employment rate for the 20-64 age group was 75.0 % for
men and 62.3 % for women.

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