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Employment decreased by 1.4% in the second quarter of the year, according to the European Commission’s latest Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review.
From 2008 to the first quarter of 2014, employment in Cyprus dropped 10.3%, while in Greece it fell by 14% and in Spain by 9.8%.
The quarterly review points out that the economic recovery which started in the spring of 2013 remains fragile and future employment developments remain uncertain.
Employment has continued to grow in most sectors since mid-2013. The number of hours worked rose and, for the first time since 2011, there has been a small increase in full time contracts and improvements in the situation of young people. However, many of the new jobs created are part-time or temporary.
Unemployment still remains close to historically high levels. And the long-term unemployed represent a large and growing share of total EU unemployment, with almost 13 mln people having been unemployed for more than a year. Moreover, one in three unemployed people have spent more than two years without a job.
For young people, the situation has improved, with significant reductions in unemployment rates in most member states.
Nevertheless, youth unemployment remains very high in Greece and Spain. Among those who have a job, almost half are on temporary jobs and nearly a quarter work parttime.