The value of gross domestic product (GDP) per inhabitant in purchasing power standard (PPS) of EU regions generally fell in 2009 because of the crisis.
The fight against poverty and social exclusion is at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
In 2018, for graduates aged 20-34 in the European Union who had attained a tertiary level education within the previous three years, the employment rate stood at 85.5%.
According to a first estimation of annual growth for 2018, GDP grew by 1.8% in the euro area and 1.9% in the EU28.
The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 7.9% in December 2018, stable compared with November 2018 and down from 8.6% in December 2017.