European employment rises to a record

Malta registered a growth in employment of 4.7 percent compared with a year ago, a growth of 1.0 percent over the previous quarter.

The number of persons employed increased by 0.4 percent in both the euro area and European Union in the second quarter of 2017 compared with the previous quarter.

At the end of June, there were 235.4 million men and women employed in the EU28, of which 155.6 million were in the eurozone, the highest levels ever recorded in both areas. Croatia, Latvia, Romania and Estonia went the other direction and have produced the biggest decreases. Job growth was strongest in Malta, at 1%. It fell 0.3% in the EU.

Eurozone industrial production rose a little in July following a drop the month before as a jump in the production of capital and consumer goods offset a decline in energy, according to data released by Eurostat on Wednesday.

On a yearly basis, growth in industrial output accelerated to 3.2 percent from 2.8 percent in June.

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