Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union (EU), celebrates it with a new publication 'Ageing Europe – looking at the lives of older people'.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 2.9% (provisional figure) in July – September 2019, same as that in June – August 2019. Meanwhile, the underemployment rate also remained unchanged at 1.0% in the two periods (provisional figure).
For all surveyed sectors taken together, the proportion of respondents expecting their business situation to be worse (32%) in Q4 2019 over Q3 2019 is significantly higher than that expecting it to be better (7%).
In August 2019 compared with July 2019, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 0.5% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.2% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In July 2019, production in construction decreased by 0.2% in the euro area and increased by 0.5% in the EU28.
In 2018, 109.2 million people, or 21.7% of the population, in the European Union (EU) were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. This means that they were in at least one of the following three conditions: at risk of poverty after social transfers (income poverty), severely materially deprived or living in households with very low work intensity. After three consecutive increases between 2009 and 2012 to reach almost 25%, the proportion of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU has since continuously decreased to 21.7% last year, 2 percentage points below its 2008 reference-point and 0.7 percentage points below the 2017 level.
The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in August 2019 was €177.4 billion, a decrease of 2.2% compared with August 2018 (€181.4 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €162.6 bn, a fall of 4.1% compared with August 2018 (€169.5 bn). As a result, the euro area recorded a €14.7 bn surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in August 2019, compared with +€11.9 bn in August 2018. Intra-euro area trade fell to €133.7 bn in August 2019, down by 5.6% compared with August 2018.
The euro area annual inflation rate was 0.8% in September 2019, down from 1.0% in August. A year earlier the rate was 2.1%. European Union annual inflation was 1.2% in September 2019, down from 1.4% in August. A year earlier, the rate was 2.2%. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
In August 2019, the volume of Hong Kong’s total exports and imports of goods decreased by 7.2% and 11.9% respectively over a year earlier. The prices of total exports and imports of goods increased by 1.1% and 1.0% respectively.
In August 2019 compared with July 2019, seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 0.4% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.1% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In July 2019, industrial production fell by 0.4% in the euro area and by 0.1% in the EU28.
In 2018, among the 308 million people aged 18 to 64 in the European Union (EU) just over one third (34%), or 106 million people, reported care responsibilities. These responsibilities involved caring for own or partner’s children under 15 years of age (89 million people, or 29%), incapacitated relatives (13 million, 4%), or both children and incapacitated relatives (4 million, 1%). Caring for children includes having children in the household or taking care of children outside the household.
House prices, as measured by the House Price Index, rose by 4.2% in both the euro area and the EU in the second quarter of 2019 compared with the same quarter of the previous year. These figures come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
The Europe 2020 strategy - EU’s agenda for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth - was adopted by the European Council in June 2010 with the aim to overcome structural weaknesses in Europe’s economy, improve its competitiveness and productivity and underpin a sustainable social market economy. The EU targets are set in the five thematic areas: employment - research & development (R&D) and innovation - climate change and energy – education - poverty and social exclusion. EU Member States have translated these objectives into their national targets in order to reflect their situation and possibilities to contribute to the common goals.