Greece has highest employment increase in eurozone for Q3

People enter a Greek Manpower Employment Organisation (OAED) office in a northern suburb of AthensGreece registered the highest increase (+1.7 pct) of all EU member states in employment in the third quarter of 2014, compared to the previous quarter, Eurostat said on Friday.

According to the EU’s statistical service, employment was up by 0.2 pct in the euro area and by 0.3 pct in the EU28 for the third quarter of 2014, compared to the second quarter of 2014, when both zones showed a 0.3 pct increase. The figures are seasonally adjusted.

Among EU28 countries with the highest employment increase, Greece was followed by Lithuania (+1.5 pct) and Portugal (+1.4 pct). Countries with the greatest decrease were Latvia (-1.7 pct), Malta (-0.8 pct), Finland (-0.3 pct) and Estonia (-0.2 pct).

On an annual basis, employment increase was also high in Greece in the third quarter, rising from -0.5 pct in the second quarter to 1.6 pct in the third.

Eurostat estimated that during the third quarter of 2014, 226.9 million men and women were employed in the EU28, of which 148.2 million were in the euro area (seasonally adjusted figures).

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