75% of out-of-school young Europeans are employed, reveals Eurostat

Employment rates among Europeans aged 15 to 29 who are not engaged in formal education are considerably high, the European statistics office, Eurostat, has revealed.

According to the source, 74.4% of young people who are not studying are employed, as revealed by data from April, May and June 2022. On the other hand, 25.2% of people of this age in Europe were in formal education during the same period, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Malta (87.9 per cent), the Netherlands (87.1 per cent) and Sweden (86.8 per cent) are the main countries with the highest employment rates of out-of-school youth while at the other end of the scale is Italy (59.9 percent). %), Romania (64.3%) and Greece (64.5%).

With regard to employment rates among the educated, it stood at 40% in the Netherlands, compared to 74% of those without education, followed by Denmark (51%), Finland (49 %), Germany (43.8%) and Austria (40.6%).

Young people who worked while also being enrolled in formal education were less frequent in Romania, since only 6% of them had a job, which represents 2.5% of the population of this age and category who is employed, followed by Slovakia (5.1%) and Hungary. (5.6 percent).

Comparing employment rates between young people in formal education and those who are not, in the second quarter of the year, employment rates increased by 3.1 percentage points for those who are not. have no formal education and 2.4% for those who have had formal education.

The largest increases in employment for those not engaged in formal education were recorded in Lithuania, Spain, Ireland, Greece and Italy, with an increase of between 8.7 percentage points and 6% . In contrast, Slovenia, Romania, Finland and the Czech Republic recorded declines of 5.4 to 0.4 percentage points.

“In terms of people in formal education, the largest increases were recorded in Ireland (+8.0 pp), Finland (+4.7 pp), the Netherlands and Lithuania (both +4 .5 pp) and Cyprus (+4.2 pp) On the other hand, three Member States recorded decreases: Luxembourg (-5.1 pp), Malta (-3.0 pp) and Belgium (-0 .3pp)”, Eurostat explains.

These employment rates indicate the level of integration of young people in the labor market and at EU level, the difference between young people leaving formal education who are employed and those who are not, if stood at 8.5 percentage points in the second quarter of 2022, with the smallest gap recorded in the Netherlands, which is the only country where the youth employment rate exceeded the rate by 0.3 percentage points. employment for people aged 30 to 54.

Malta and Italy follow the list, with employment rates 0.3 percentage point and two percentage points lower than the employment rates of people aged 30-54. In Slovenia, Romania, Italy, Bulgaria, Greece and the Czech Republic, the employment rate for out-of-school youth is lower than for those aged 30-54, with a difference of 11.5 percentage points or more.

Helen D. Jessen