European Commission - Joint Employment Report

Tue, 22/12/2009

The Commission's draft Joint Employment Report presents an analysis of actions taken throughout the EUi to preserve jobs and help those facing difficulties and sets out the challenges still lying ahead. Following the severe deterioration of labour markets in 2009 due to the economic downturn, unemployment is forecast to continue to grow next year in all EU countries, albeit at a slower pace. Although a gradual economic recovery is expected over the next two years, labour markets will take longer to respond. Certain groups have been hit particularly hard: young people, migrants and low-skilled workers.
Member States have considerably stepped up their employment and social policies under the three priorities of the EU Employment Strategy to provide an immediate stimulus to the economy and protect vulnerable groups from the impact of the crisis. Public employment services have been reinforced in many countries to cope with increased unemployment and EU financial support from the European Social Fund and the European Globalisation Fund has substantially helped Member States to finance anti-crisis actions.
Social protection systems have proven their effectiveness: automatic stabilisers have cushioned the immediate social impactsi of the downturn, although to different degrees within the EU. Member States' capacity to meet rising demand for social security varies greatly, underscoring the need for strong policies to activate those out of work. For further information please visit:  European Commission - Joint Employment Report