The newest quarterly review of Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) shows that the EU economy and labour market have started to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic with employment and unemployment at almost pre-crisis rates.
While in some Member States, unemployment and other unmet needs for employment remain significant, companies in several EU countries and sectors already experience a shortage of labour.
Following the tragic flooding in Europe this summer, and as climate-related hazards such as these will most likely intensify, the new report comes with a thematic focus on the impact of floods on companies and workers.
An upcoming research paper shows that water damages have a significant and persistent adverse effect on the performance of firms and wages of their employees. Even after eight years, companies in the manufacturing sector hit by flooding did not show clear signs of recovery. Productivity reached its pre-flood level after about six years, but still after eight years, average wages in the impacted firms did not seem to have fully recovered.
- Real GDP increased in the second quarter of 2021, and the Commission’s Summer 2021 Economic Forecast, published on 7 July 2021, projects that the economy in the EU and the euro area will expand by 4.8% this year and 4.5% in 2022
- Total employment increased in the second quarter of 2021, following a drop in the first quarter
- Unemployment declined in almost all Member States in recent months, including youth unemployment
- Water damages have a significant and persistent adverse effect on firms’ performance and employees’ wages