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August 13, 2022

Almost 4 Million People Graduated University in EU While Unemployment

About 3.9 million university graduates were recorded in 2019 across the European Member States, with women being the leading gender (2.2 million), while male counterparts stand at 1.7 million.

According to the European Office for Statistics, Eurostat, the main fields of study are business, administration and law, engineering, health and welfare, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Women outnumber men in all fields except for engineering, manufacturing and construction, where 11.5 per cent were men and 4.3 per cent of all graduates were women, as well as information and communication technologies, where 3.1 per cent were men and 0.8 per cent of the total graduates belonged to their female counterparts.

Men were also more affected by education, being early leavers from education – 11.4 per cent compared to 7.9 per cent.

As per early leavers of higher education, the rates of the such category were 9.7 per cent in the EU throughout 2021 – with the number of early leavers varying from 15.3 per cent in Romania to 2.4 per cent in Croatia.

“Some 60 per cent of general upper secondary students in the EU were studying two or more foreign languages in 2020. At least 99 per cent of all general upper secondary students in Luxembourg, France, Romania and Finland were studying two or more foreign languages, compared with less than 15 per cent in Ireland, Portugal and Greece,” Eurostat explains in a recent report.

In addition, the share of young people that aren’t working nor attending studies stood at 10.8 per cent in 2021, with Italy being the most affected as the rates stood at 19.8 per cent – almost four times in the Netherlands and Sweden, which both had 5.1 per cent.

The employment rates, on the other hand, stood at 73.1 per cent, the EU’s average, with three EU Member States having 80 per cent of adults in employment – the Netherlands (81.7 per cent), Sweden (80.7 per cent) and Czechia (80 per cent).

At the other end of the scale stand other countries with lower rates of employment, such as Croatia (68.2 per cent), Spain (67.7 per cent), Romania (67.1 per cent), Italy (62.7 per cent) and Greece (62.6 per cent).

In addition, the highest unemployment rates were recorded in Spain (14.8 per cent) and Greece (14.7 per cent), while the low unemployment rates were recorded in Germany, Malta and Poland (3.4 to 3.6 per cent), with the rate in Czechia (2.8 per cent) even lower.