Romania and Italy are the countries with the highest percentage of people out of the work and student forces, with 25.8% and 25.6%, respectively. They’re followed by Greece (22.8%), Croatia (21.8%), and Belgium (19.6%), while the countries with the lowest rate are Sweden (8.3%) and Estonia (12.3%).
Of the 44 million people who found themselves in the ‘neither, nor’ situation in the year’s first three months, a large majority (77.8%) weren’t looking for work, hadn’t found work and didn’t wish to work. 20.3% of the group weren’t looking but wanted to work, 2.8% were actively looking for work but weren’t getting it immediately, and 1.2% weren’t looking but already had jobs lined up.
“Among those who aren’t studying or in the workforce, 21.1% don’t want to work because they’re retired, 20.7% can’t due to illness and disability, and 18.2% don’t since they’re carers or for other family reasons,” Eurostat noted.