Monday, February 24, 2014


[IWS] New!-EUROPEAN SOCIAL STATISTICS [online][21 February 2014]

IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau



European Commission



New!-EUROPEAN SOCIAL STATISTICS [online][21 February 2014]


European social statistics is an online Eurostat publication presenting a complete overview of recent social statistics for the European Union (EU).


This article is an introduction to the online version of the Eurostat publication 'European social statistics'.

The pocketbook 'European Social Statistics' (also downloadable as a pdf here) provides a comparative overview of the available social statistics in Europe. The most recent data are presented showing the situation in the 27 Member States and at the European and Euro area levels (EU-27 and EA-17 aggregates) where relevant as well as in EFTA countries (including Iceland that is also a candidate country) and candidate countries when available (Montenegro, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey). The pocketbook, intended for both generalists and specialists, is divided into seven parts.

Each of the seven chapters focuses on an area of social conditions. Within each chapter, a range of policy-relevant indicators, as well as more descriptive data, are presented in tables and graphs and accompanied by a short commentary.

Chapter 1 presents the recent demographic trends in population growth, fertility, mortality and migration; the chapter also provides background characteristics on households’ composition;

Chapter 2 covers health issues and presents indicators on healthy life expectancies, statistics on causes on death, healthcare, and health and safety at work.

Chapter 3 presents the most recent data on education and training (i.e. school enrolment, tertiary education, foreign language learning, lifelong learning and educational expenditure);

Chapter 4 provides important indicators related to the labour market outcomes (i.e. employment, unemployment, vacant posts, wage levels, labour costs).

Chapter 5 covers indicators related to income, poverty and social exclusion, material deprivation and housing;

Chapter 6 gives an overview on social protection statistics - social protection expenditure and social protection benefits. Finally,

chapter 7 provides an overview of the most recent crime and criminal justice statistics.

European social statistics are also an integral part of the European Union strategy – the Europe 2020 strategy – to develop as a smarter, knowledge-based, greener economy, and deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion.

The key objectives of the strategy are expressed in the form of five headline targets at the EU level, monitored by means of eight headline indicators. The progress achieved in implementing some of these targets (in the areas of employment, education and poverty/social exclusion) is measured with help of social statistics.

The publication also presents the latest results for ‘social’ headline indicators on the EU-27 aggregates, individual Member States and, where available, on the EFTA and the candidate countries.


Table of contents



Eurostat and the European Statistical System

Accessing European statistics

Statistics Explained

1. Population

1.0 Introduction

1.1 European population compared with world population

1.2 Population structure and ageing

1.3 Population and population change

1.4 Marriage and divorce

1.5 Fertility

1.6 Household composition

1.7 Mortality and life expectancy

1.8 Migration and migrant population

1.9 Asylum

1.10 Residence permits

2. Health and safety

2.0 Introduction

2.1 Healthy life years

2.2 Health status

2.3 Causes of death

2.4 Healthcare

2.5 Health and safety at work

2.6 Determinants of health - overweight and obesity

2.7 Determinants of health - smoking, nutrition and exercise

3. Education and training

3.0 Introduction

3.1 Pupils and students

3.2 Tertiary education

3.3 Educational level of attainment

3.4 Foreign language learning

3.5 Lifelong learning

3.6 Educational expenditure

4. Labour market

4.0 Introduction

4.1 Labour market participation

4.2 Employment

4.3 Unemployment

4.4 People outside the labour market

4.5 Earnings statistics

4.6 Gender pay gap

4.7 Labour costs

4.8 Job vacancies

4.9 Labour market policy interventions

5. Income and living conditions

5.0 Introduction

5.1 Social inclusion

5.2 Income distribution

5.3 Housing

5.4 Risk of poverty or social exclusion

5.5 Material deprivation and low work intensity

5.6 Over-indebtedness and financial exclusion

6. Social protection

6.0 Overview

6.1 Background

6.2 Social benefits by function

7. Crime and criminal justice

7.1 Crime


Europe 2020 targets




This information is provided to subscribers, friends, faculty, students and alumni of the School of Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR). It is a service of the Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS) in New York City. Stuart Basefsky is responsible for the selection of the contents which is intended to keep researchers, companies, workers, and governments aware of the latest information related to ILR disciplines as it becomes available for the purposes of research, understanding and debate. The content does not reflect the opinions or positions of Cornell University, the School of Industrial & Labor Relations, or that of Mr. Basefsky and should not be construed as such. The service is unique in that it provides the original source documentation, via links, behind the news and research of the day. Use of the information provided is unrestricted. However, it is requested that users acknowledge that the information was found via the IWS Documented News Service.


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