EMPLOYMENT : MORE JOBS IN EU AND EUROZONE.

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The number of people employed in both the eurozone and the EU's 27 member states rose by 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the previous quarter, according to the latest figures published by Eurostat, on 15 March. The most significant increases in employment levels were recorded in Lithuania (+0.7%), and in Hungary and Austria (+0.6%). At the other end of the spectrum, Bulgaria and Slovenia have seen a fall in the number of people employed (-0.7% in both countries), and in Portugal the workforce has also diminished by 0.6%.

Compared to the same quarter the year before, employment went up by 0.3% in the eurozone and in the EU27 in the fourth quarter of 2010. The largest increases were seen in Malta (+3.4%), Sweden (+2.4%) and Hungary (+2%). Falling behind were Bulgaria and Slovenia, which recorded decreases in employment of 4.4% and 2.1%, respectively.

During the whole of 2010, employment levels went down by 0.5% in both zones. In 2009, both the eurozone and the EU27 witnessed a fall of 1.8% in the number of people...

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