Factual sheet on long-term unemployment

In historical context

According to recent numbers from Eurostat, the unemployment in Europe continues to grow and is fast approaching 26 million people - there are almost 11 million EU citizens who have been unemployed for a year or more - it is the highest level measured since the beginning of 00s.
In 2010 long-term unemployment began to be stabilizing, but since the spring of 2011, it started to rebound again.
The numbers correspond to more than four out of ten in the EU-27 are currently unemployed. However, not all countries are equally affected by long-term unemployment.
The proportion of long-term unemployment is highest in Ireland and Slovakia, where the proportion is over 60 per cent. This is followed by Greece, Italy and some Eastern European countries, where the share of long-term unemployed are over 50 per cent.

In Denmark, the share of long-term unemployed is approx. 27 per cent. – which in a European perspective is a relatively low.
The development also emphasizes the importance of flexible labor markets and active labor market policies, which quickly grabs the unemployed and help them back into employment through skills upgrading or e.g. job rotation.