The number of persons employed remained stable in both the euro area (EA17) and the EU28 in the third quarter of 2013 compared with the previous quarter.
In the second quarter of 2013, employment was also stable in both zones.
Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, employment fell by 0.8% in the euro area and by 0.3% in the EU28 in the third quarter of 2013 (after -1.1% and -0.6% respectively in the second quarter of 2013).
In the third quarter of 2013, 223.2 million men and women were employed in the EU28, of which 145.0 million were in the euro area.
UK business confidence has increased for the tenth consecutive month
The Optimism Index, which predicts business performance two quarters ahead, increased from 101.7 in October to a 43-month high of 103.1 in November, taking it comfortably above the 100.0 mark that indicates the UK economy’s long-run average growth rate.
The Output Index, which predicts short-run turnover expectations, went up from 100.7 to 101.8 in November
The Inflation Index was down from 100.5 in October to 99.7 this month