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European Jobs Monitor 2019: Shifts in the employment structure at regional level

John Hurley, Enrique Fernandez Macias (), Martina Bisello (), Carlos Vacas and Marta Fana ()
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Enrique Fernandez Macias: European Commission - JRC,
Marta Fana: European Commission - JRC,

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Enrique Fernandez-Macias

No JRC117824, JRC Research Reports from Joint Research Centre (Seville site)

Abstract: Accumulating evidence indicates that large metropolitan centres are faring much better than other regions within the Member States of the EU. Such interregional inequality contributes to disenchantment with existing political systems, which in turn can weaken the social bonds that ground democratic systems. This report analyses shifts in the employment structure – meaning change in the distribution of employment across occupations and sectors – of the EU regions. The analysis covers 130 regions of nine Member states, which together account for nearly four out of five EU workers. The study finds that regions within countries are becoming more occupationally different, but in similar ways. It also finds that cities have disproportionately high and rising shares of well-paid, high-skilled services employment alongside growth in low-paid employment. The findings support continued EU regional policy assistance of regions in danger of being left behind.

Keywords: Job polarisation; occupational change; labour markets; regional policy; inequality; structural change (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-11
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