Malta registers the highest employment growth in EU

In 2018, Eurostat recorded Malta as having the highest employment growth rate. Published statistics show that when compared to the employment data of 2008, the data in 2018 showed a 46% increase in employment. This put Malta at the head of the employment growth rate. As a stand-alone year, in 2018, Malta registered the highest employment rate at +5.7% ahead of Adriatic Croatia in Croatia (+4.9%), Southern in Ireland (+4.7%), Marche in Italy (+4.6%), French Guiana in France (+4.5%), followed by Cyprus and Pest in Hungary (both +4.1%) as well as Northern & Western in Ireland (+4.0%).

In the EU as a whole, employment grew by 1.4% in 2018.

In the 2008-2018 period Malta’s impressive growth rate was ahead of Luxembourg (+28.4%), the three Polish regions of Pomorskie (+26.6%), Zachodniopomorskie (+24.6%) and Wielkopolskie (+23.6%) and the region of Mayotte in France (+22.8%).

In contrast, the largest decreases in employment over the last decade were registered in the regions of the  North-West (-20.2%) and North-Central (-18.0%) in Bulgaria, followed by Western Greece in Greece (-17.3%), South-Muntenia in Romania (-15.6%).