Europe’s joblessness rate increases for fifth consecutive month in August

Europe’s joblessness rate increases for fifth consecutive month in August

While the unemployment rate in the eurozone reached 8.1% in August, it rose to 7.4% for the bloc as a whole, according to Eurostat. In a year marked by the COVID-19 health crisis, unemployment in the EU and the eurozone has been rising for the fifth consecutive month. On 1 September, the EU’s statistical office, Eurostat, reported that unemployment in July stood at 7.9% in the 19 eurozone countries and 7.2% in the EU as a whole. But on Thursday (1 October), the EU body corrected both figures for the…

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Von der Leyen in self-isolation for 24 hours, after contact with the COVID-19 carrier

Von der Leyen in self-isolation for 24 hours, after contact with the COVID-19 carrier

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is in self-isolation, after she was informed having been in contact with a person who tested COVID-19 positive. “I’ve been informed that I participated in a meeting last Tuesday attended by a person who yesterday tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with regulations in force, I’m therefore self-isolating until tomorrow morning. I’ve tested negative on Thursday and I am tested again today”, von der Leyen tweeted on Monday morning (5 October). Von der Leyen was last Tuesday in Portugal, where she delivered a speech…

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Commissioner Schmitt: EU must stop the growth of substandard jobs after the pandemic

Commissioner Schmitt: EU must stop the growth of substandard jobs after the pandemic

While impacting all parts of the economy, COVID-19 has hit young people particularly hard. Commissioner Nicolas Schmit spoke about the EU executive’s efforts to address these challenges and avert the prospect of another ‘lost generation.’ Nicolas Schmit is the European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights. High levels of youth unemployment could lead to more people taking on underpaying jobs with no benefits or internships just to have some type of employment. How does the Commission intend to address this problem? For now, what we are seeing is that people in…

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