Eurostat estimates that, in the second quarter of 2013, 221.8 million men and women were employed in the EU27, of which 145.0 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 by Member States
Among those Member States for which data are available, Estonia (+1.5%), Lithuania and Portugal (both +0.8%), Luxembourg (+0.7%), the Czech Republic and Ireland (both +0.5%) recorded the highest growth rates compared with the previous quarter, while Cyprus (-2.1%), Spain (-0.5%), the Netherlands, Slovenia and Slovakia (all -0.4%) registered the largest decreases.