At 1.7%, Malta had the second highest rate of employment in the whole of the European Union in the first quarter of 2017 when compared to the previous quarter. This was second only to Lithuania at 2.8% and was slightly more than the EU average of 1.5%.
The number of persons employed increased by 0.4% in both the euro area (EA19) and in the EU28 in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the previous quarter, according to national accounts estimates published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the fourth quarter of 2016, employment increased also by 0.4% in both areas. These figures are seasonally adjusted.
Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, employment increased by 1.5% in the euro area and by 1.4% in the EU28 in the first quarter of 2017 (after +1.4% and +1.1% respectively in the fourth quarter of 2016).
Employment growth in Member States
Among Member States, Estonia (+2.8%), Malta (+1.7%), Sweden (+1.2%) and Ireland (+1.1%) recorded the highest increases in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the previous quarter. In contrast, decreases in employment were observed in Latvia (-1.9%), Romania (-1.2%), Croatia (-0.6%) and Lithuania (-0.5%).