The 2017 edition of the Employment and Social Developments in Europe review (ESDE) 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 there is a particularly heavy burden on younger generations: they tend to have more difficulties in finding a job and are more often in non-standard and precarious forms of employment including temporary contracts, which may lower their social protection coverage. They are also likely to receive lower pensions, relative to wages. This is why the 2017 ESDE review focuses on intergenerational fairness: we need to make sure that all generations benefit from the current positive economic trends.
Background: The annual Employment and Social Developments in Europe review (ESDE) reports on the latest employment and social trends, and reflects on upcoming challenges and possible policy responses. It is the European Commission's main report to provide evidence and analysis and to review trends and upcoming challenges on the labour market.
For more information
- MEMO: 2017 Review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe – Questions and Answers
- Factsheet: 2017 Review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe – Key Figures
- European Commission Press release, July 2017
- Social dimension of Europe: Overview of initiatives since the start of the Juncker Commission
- News item on DG Employment website
- Employment and social analysis