Croatia, together with Greece, Italy, and Spain, had one of the lowest rates of employment in 2018 even though it surpassed the target set for 2020, said a Eurostat report released on Thursday.
In 2018 the employment rate of people aged 20 to 64 in Croatia stood at 65.2 percent or 1.6 percentage points higher than in 2017. Only Greece and Italy had a lower rate, 59.5 percent and 63 percent respectively. Spain too was among this group with a rate of 67 percent.
Almost half of the EU member states had employment rates of more than 75 percent, with Sweden registering the highest rate of 82.6 percent. In 2018, the employment rate of people aged 20 to 64 in the European Union (EU) stood at 73.2 percent, as against 72.2 percent in 2017.
Croatia surpassed the target rate of 62.9 percent as envisaged in the European strategy for 2020.
The employment rate of persons aged 55 to 64 in the EU has grown steadily, from 38.4 percent in 2002 to 58.7 percent in 2018.
Croatia, along with Luxembourg and Greece is among those EU countries with the lowest employment rate of this age group (42.8%). In 2017 that rate was 40.3 percent.