Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, employment increased by 0.8% in the euro area and by
0.9% in the EU28 in the second quarter of 2015 (after +0.8% and +1.0% respectively in the first quarter of 2015).
Eurostat estimates that, in the second quarter of 2015, 228.8 million men and women were employed in the EU28,
of which 151.0 million were in the euro area. These figures are seasonally adjusted.
These quarterly data on employment provide a picture of labour input consistent with the output and income
measure of national accounts.
Employment growth in Member States
Portugal (+1.3%) and Greece (+1.2%) recorded the highest increases in the second quarter of 2015 compared
with the previous quarter, followed by Ireland and Spain (both +0.9%), Estonia (+0.8%), Luxembourg and
Slovakia (both +0.7%). Decreases were recorded in Finland (-0.3%), the United Kingdom (-0.2%), Bulgaria and
Lithuania (both -0.1%).