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A third of EU trade is with the United States and China

Wednesday, 20.3.2019 - 12:00
In 2018, the United States (€674 billion, or 17.1% of total extra-EU trade in goods, i.e. the sum of exports and imports) and China (€605 bn, or 15.4%) continued to be the two main goods trading partners of the European Union (EU), well ahead of Switzerland (€265 bn, or 6.7%), Russia (€254 bn, or 6.4%), Turkey (€153 bn, or 3.9%) and Japan (€135 bn, or 3.4%).

Annual growth in labour costs at 2.3% in euro area

Tuesday, 19.3.2019 - 12:00
Hourly labour costs rose by 2.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 2.8% in the EU28 in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with the same quarter of the previous year. In the third quarter of 2018, hourly labour costs increased by 2.5% and 2.6% respectively. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Production in construction down by 1.4% in euro area

Tuesday, 19.3.2019 - 12:00
In January 2019 compared with December 2018, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 1.4% in the euro area (EA19) and remained unchanged in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In December 2018, production in construction grew by 1.1% in the euro area and fell by 0.2% in the EU28.

Euro area and EU28 job vacancy rates at 2.3%

Monday, 18.3.2019 - 12:00
The job vacancy rate in the euro area (EA19) was 2.3% in the fourth quarter of 2018, up from 2.1% in the third quarter of 2018 and from 2.0% in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the EU28, the job vacancy rate was also 2.3% in the fourth quarter of 2018, up from 2.2% in the third quarter of 2018 and from 2.0% in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Euro area international trade in goods surplus €1.5 bn

Monday, 18.3.2019 - 12:00
The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in January 2019 was €183.4 billion, an increase of 2.5% compared with January 2018 (€179.0 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €181.8 bn, a rise of 3.4% compared with January 2018 (€175.9 bn).

Annual inflation up to 1.5% in the euro area

Friday, 15.3.2019 - 12:00
The euro area annual inflation rate was 1.5% in February 2019, up from 1.4% in January 2019. A year earlier, the rate was 1.1%. European Union annual inflation was 1.6% in February 2019, up from 1.5% in January 2019. A year earlier, the rate was 1.4%. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Highest proportion of government expenditure goes to social protection and health

Friday, 15.3.2019 - 12:00
In 2017, total government expenditure in the European Union (EU) amounted to 45.8% of gross domestic product (GDP). This share has steadily decreased since 2012, when it stood at 48.9% of GDP.

580 800 first-time asylum seekers registered in 2018, down by 11% compared with 2017

Thursday, 14.3.2019 - 12:00
In 2018, 580 800 first-time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), down by 11% compared with 2017 (654 600) and less than half of the number recorded in the peak year 2015 when 1 256 600 first-time asylum applicants were registered. The number of asylum applicants in 2018 is comparable to the level recorded in 2014, before the peaks of 2015 and 2016.

Industrial production up by 1.4% in euro area

Wednesday, 13.3.2019 - 12:00
In January 2019 compared with December 2018, seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 1.4% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.0% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In December 2018, industrial production fell by 0.9% in the euro area and by 0.4% in the EU28.

Over 5 million births in EU in 2017

Tuesday, 12.3.2019 - 12:00
In 2017, 5.075 million babies were born in the European Union (EU), compared with 5.148 million in 2016. The total fertility rate in the EU stood at 1.59 births per woman in 2017, compared with 1.60 in 2016. The highest total fertility rate since the start of comparable time series was in 2010 when it reached 1.62, still below the replacement level, which is considered to be 2.1 live births per woman.

Only 1 manager out of 3 in the EU is a woman

Thursday, 7.3.2019 - 12:00
Nearly 9.4 million persons hold a managerial position in the European Union (EU): 6.0 million men (64% of all managers) and 3.4 million women (36%). In addition, women account for a little over one quarter of board members of publicly listed companies in the EU (27%), and for less than one fifth of senior executives (17%) in 2018. In other words, although representing approximately half of all employed persons in the EU, women continue to be under-represented amongst managers.

GDP up by 0.2% and employment up by 0.3% in the euro area

Thursday, 7.3.2019 - 12:00
Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.2% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.3% in the EU28 during the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with the previous quarter, according to an estimate published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the third quarter of 2018, GDP had grown by 0.1% in the euro area and by 0.3% in the EU28.

EU Member States granted citizenship to over 800 thousand persons in 2017

Wednesday, 6.3.2019 - 12:00
In 2017, around 825 000 persons acquired citizenship of a Member State of the European Union (EU), down from 995 000 in 2016 and 841 000 in 2015. Of the total number of persons obtaining the citizenship of one of the EU Member States in 2017, 17% were former citizens of another EU Member State, while the majority were non-EU citizens or stateless.

Volume of retail trade up by 1.3% in euro area

Tuesday, 5.3.2019 - 12:00
In January 2019 compared with December 2018, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade increased by 1.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.1% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In December, the retail trade volume decreased by 1.4% in the euro area and by 1.3% in the EU28.

Record recycling rates and use of recycled materials in the EU

Monday, 4.3.2019 - 13:00
The recycling rates and use of recycled materials in the in the European Union (EU) are steadily growing. Overall, the EU recycled around 55% of all waste excluding major mineral waste in 2016 (compared with 53% in 2010). The rate for recovering construction and demolition waste reached 89% (2016), the recycling rate of packaging waste exceeded 67% (2016, compared with 64% in 2010) while the rate of plastic packaging was over 42% (2016, compared with 24% in 2005).

Industrial producer prices up by 0.4% in euro area

Monday, 4.3.2019 - 12:00
In January 2019, compared with December 2018, industrial producer prices rose by 0.4% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.3% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In December 2018, prices decreased by 0.8% in the euro area and by 0.9% in the EU28.

Euro area unemployment at 7.8%

Friday, 1.3.2019 - 12:00
The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 7.8% in January 2019, stable compared with December 2018 and down from 8.6% in January 2018. This remains the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since October 2008.

Euro area annual inflation up to 1.5%

Friday, 1.3.2019 - 12:00
Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 1.5% in February 2019, up from 1.4% in January, according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Employment grew in 9 out of 10 EU regions in 2017

Tuesday, 26.2.2019 - 12:00
In 2017, 253 of the EU regions (90%) saw their employment grow. In 26 other regions, the number of persons employed decreased and in a further 2 employment remained stable.

Regional GDP per capita ranged from 31% to 626% of the EU average in 2017

Tuesday, 26.2.2019 - 12:00
In 2017, regional GDP per capita, expressed in terms of purchasing power standards, ranged from 31% of the European Union (EU) average in the Bulgarian region of North-West, to 626% of the average in Inner London - West in the United Kingdom.

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