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Economy & Jobs 10-06-2021

Spain presents plan to tackle soaring youth joblessness

Spain has set curbing soaring youth unemployment, which is among the highest in the European Union, as one of its main priorities for the coming years, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 03-06-2021

Spain’s unemployment figures improve as economy gradually recovers

Unemployment in Spain significantly improved in May, with 129,378 fewer people searching for a job, the best official figure since 1996, EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 07-05-2021

Young Europeans struggling to find housing – report

Europe's youth is facing difficulties in accessing housing, and the COVID crisis has further aggravated the situation, according to the annual report on the state of poor housing in Europe published on Thursday (6 May) by the Abbé Pierre Foundation and the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA).
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2021

Spanish unemployment rate drops to 16%

Spain lost 137,500 jobs in the first quarter of the year, and both the number of unemployed and the unemployment rate have decreased, according to a recent survey published by Spain’s National Statistical Institute (INE), EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 16-04-2021

Spain to apply for EU funds to retrain workers on furlough scheme

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is expected to apply for EU funding to help retrain 900,000 workers on government-backed temporary lay-off schemes known as ERTE, Spanish financial media has reported. EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reported. 
Economy & Jobs 08-03-2021

Spain eyes €11 billion rescue package for struggling businesses 

The Spanish government is expected to approve a rescue package worth €11 billion by the end of the month in support of small and medium-sized businesses badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 30-10-2020

Unions warn: Unemployment will double unless extraordinary measures extended

EU jobless figure could double to reach 30 million people unless governments prolong their support measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, unions warned EU governments in a letter seen by EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 05-10-2020

Europe’s unemployment rate rises for fifth straight month in August

While the unemployment rate in the eurozone reached 8.1% in August, it rose to 7.4% for the bloc as a whole, according to Eurostat. EURACTIV's partner EUROEFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2020

Across EU, temporary layoff schemes no cure-all in slow COVID recovery

Temporary unemployment schemes operating across Europe could struggle to save the jobs of leisure and travel sector workers facing drawn-out or partial recoveries from the COVID-19 pandemic, even if they help industries that rebound quickly.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2020

McKinsey predicts near doubling of unemployment in Europe

Unemployment in Europe could nearly double in the coming months, with up to 59 million jobs at risk from permanent cutbacks as well as reductions in pay and hours because of the coronavirus pandemic, estimates from consultancy McKinsey said.
Economy & Jobs 08-04-2020

ILO warns of ‘devastating’ consequences of COVID-19 on labour markets

Lockdown measures decided across the globe to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, are having “devastating” consequences on labour markets, affecting around 81% of the world’s workforce, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) warned on Tuesday (7 April).
Economy & Jobs 06-04-2020

Portugal’s coronavirus cases grow, half a million workers at risk of lay off

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Portugal pushed past the 10,000 mark on Saturday (4 April), while government data showed more than half a million Portuguese workers were at risk of being temporarily laid off due to the outbreak.
Economy & Jobs 03-04-2020

Limitations of economic forecasting during coronavirus pandemic

Germany's economy has gone into artificial hibernation to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Initial forecasts suggest this will be expensive but opinions about the extent vary widely. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, the head of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Marcel Fratzscher, explains the limitations of economic forecasts.
Coronavirus 25-03-2020

COVID-19: France calls unemployed to work in fields as borders stay closed

The French government has called on the technically unemployed French to make themselves available to help farmers with seasonal harvests. But such 'agricultural patriotism' does not bode well with the tightening of containment. EURACTIV France reports.

EU globalisation adjustment fund should cushion Brexit consequences

On Monday (21 October), the European Parliament voted in favour of using funds from the Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) in the event of a hard Brexit to help workers of the remaining EU-27 who will have lost their jobs as a result of the UK's withdrawal. EURACTIV Germany reports.

EU election 2019: What next for Social Europe?

In November 2017, the European Commission launched the European Pillar of Social Rights, which resulted in 25 legislative initiatives. Ahead of the EU elections this week, EURACTIV looks at what the main political parties have on offer for social Europe.
Economy & Jobs 12-04-2019

Brexit chaos stirs fears for Bulgaria seasonal farm workers

The 960 inhabitants of the Bulgarian village of Brashten, nestled in the hills and forests on the Greek border, don't normally pay much heed to international politics.
Economy & Jobs 29-03-2019

Belgium puts figures on expected losses from hard Brexit

Belgium's economy would contract nearly 1 percent and Belgians would become poorer if Britain crashes out of the European Union in a chaotic way, a central bank official said on Thursday (28 March).
Economy & Jobs 10-08-2018

Greece’s unemployment falls under 20% after 7 years of bailout

Greece's unemployment rate, the highest in the European Union, has dropped below 20% for the first time in seven years, statistics bureau Elstat reported on 9 August.
Economy & Jobs 09-05-2018

Rebuilding the European project through apprenticeships

Revamping apprenticeship programmes could play an important part in rebuilding the European project, the President of the Paris Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), Didier Kling, told EURACTIV in an interview on Wednesday (9 May).
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2018

Simplon – coding as a tool for social inclusion

The company Simplon trains free of charge long-term job seekers and employees in retraining to become web developers, a project currently supported by different categories of European funds. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Elections 16-02-2018

Macron praised as French economy powers ahead

The good news keeps coming for the French economy: data published yesterday (15 February) showed unemployment at its lowest level since 2009 while the head of the IMF praised recent reforms by President Emmanuel Macron.
Elections 05-02-2018

German parties to tackle labour, healthcare in extra round of coalition talks

Negotiators for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) will try on Monday (5 February) to hammer out compromises on healthcare and labour policy - the final stumbling blocks in the way of another 'grand coalition'.
Economy & Jobs 05-01-2018

Eurozone economy’s growth ‘best in nearly seven years’

The eurozone economy closed out the year with the strongest growth in nearly seven years, driven by accelerating services and manufacturing activity across all major economies, a survey showed yesterday (4 January).