Over the whole year 2012, employment decreased by 0.7% in the euro area and by 0.4% in the EU27, compared with +0.3% in both zones in 2011.
Eurostat estimates that, in the fourth quarter of 2012, 222.6 million men and women were employed in the EU27, of which 145.7 million were in the euro area. These figures are seasonally adjusted.
Employment growth in Member States
Among Member States for which data are available, Latvia (+0.8%), Luxembourg (+0.6%), Poland (+0.4%), Hungary (+0.3%) and Austria (+0.2%) recorded the highest increases in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with the previous quarter, and Lithuania and Portugal (both -2.0%), Bulgaria (-1.5%), Spain (-1.4%) and Cyprus (-1.3%) the highest decreases.