The employment rate in the European Union reached 72% in 2017, an increase compared with the figure of 70% a decade ago, according to official data. The leader according to this indicator was Sweden, where the employment rate at the end of last year was at around 82%. The second place was taken by Germany. According to the Federal Statistical Office Destatis, the employment rate in the country increased in 10 years to 79% from 73%. This was facilitated by the increase in the number of employed women from 67% to 75%, as well as an increase in the proportion of working youth to 75% and people of pre-retirement age to 58%.
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