In 2018, 82% of recent graduates in the EU were employed, and 82% of young people aged 20-34 who had successfully obtained at least an upper secondary level of education in the past 1-3 years and are not in further education were in employment, according to data released today by Eurostat, the statistical service of the EU. This figure has increased for five years in a row, up from a relative low of 75% in 2013, recorded in the aftermath of the global financial and economic crisis.
In 2018, the employment rate for recent graduates reached 90% or higher in 75 NUTS level 2 regions concentrated across much of Czechia, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Sweden, with the south-east German region of Niederbayern recording the highest regional employment rate for recent graduates (98%).
In contrast, less than one third of recent graduates were in employment in four EU regions. Three were in southern Italy: Sicilia (27%), Basilicata and Calabria (both 31%), and one region in central Greece: Sterea Ellada (32%; low reliability). In Cyprus the same rate was 76.5% in 2018, up from 67.6% in 2017 (Cyprus is considered a single region).