2017 Employment and Social Developments in Europe review

The annual European Commission main report aims to provide evidence and analysis and to review trends and upcoming challenges on the labour market. It confirms positive labour market and social trends and continued economic growth. With over 234 million people having a job, employment has never been as high as today in the EU, and unemployment is at its lowest level since December 2008. Since 2013, 10 million jobs have been created in the EU. But looking beyond the overall social and economic progress, evidence shows that a particularly high burden is put on the younger generations: they tend to have more difficulties in finding a job, they are more often in non-standard and precarious forms of employment including temporary contracts,and they are likely to receive lower pensions relative to wages.