EMPLOYMENT: SPIDLA (COMMISSION), "4 MILLION JOBS LOST IN EUROPE AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE CRISIS" (2)

The 21st annual edition of the Employment in Europe Report presented by the Commission states that "European labour markets have shown considerable dynamism in recent years, as every year, around 22% of European workers change jobs". Such dynamism is not just limited to "countries usually seen as ‘flexible’, such as the UK or Denmark", but concerns "all EU countries, "although the figures range from 14% of workers in Greece and 16% in Sweden to over 25% in the UK, Finland, Spain and Denmark". This "appears to be part of a more sustained rise, since the late 1990s, in transitions from inactivity and unemployment towards employment in the EU, suggesting a fundamental structural improvement in our labour market". The document notes, however, that "not all workers have benefited equally from this positive trend". Although "the number of long-term unemployed has declined since the 1990s, this problem remains a serious challenge. In recent years, close to 45% of all unemployment spells lasted longer than a year in the EU, compared with only about 10% in the US".” ” ” “

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