Despite the war in Ukraine, the European Labour Market Barometer rises again in March 2022 for the third time in a row. Compared to February, the labour market leading indicator of the European Network of Public Employment Services and the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) climbs by 0.4 points to 103.4 points.
In March, the first barometer value of the leading indicator after the start of the Ukraine war rose in most of the participating countries compared to February or remained the same. The barometer rises in all Eastern European countries.
The participating public employment services in Eastern Europe are not expecting a slump in their labour markets
reports Enzo Weber, IAB head of forecast. However, several countries also show downturns, though none fall below the neutral mark of 100 points.
Overall, the outlook for the development of both unemployment and employment continues to improve, but the expected upswing could be thwarted depending on how the Ukraine war progresses. Compared to February, the sub-indicator for the development of seasonally adjusted unemployment figures increases by 0.4 points to 102.6 points. The value thus continues to signal a decline in unemployment in the coming months. The sub-indicator for employment growth rises by 0.4 points to 104.2 points, clearly lying in the positive range.
The European labour market will most likely continue to recover from the COVID crisis, but the risk of an even broader escalation of the Ukraine war or a halt in energy supplies remains
The European Labour Market Barometer is a monthly leading indicator based on a survey of the local or regional employment agencies in 17 participating public employment services. The survey has been carried out jointly by the employment services and the IAB since June 2018. The participating countries include Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium-DG, Belgium-Flanders, Germany, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and Belgium-Wallonia. While component A of the barometer signals the development of the seasonally adjusted unemployment figures for the next three months, component B forecasts employment trends. The average of the components “unemployment” and “employment” constitutes the total value of the barometer. This indicator thus provides an outlook on the overall development of the labour market. The scale ranges from 90 (very poor development) to 110 (very good development). First, a barometer score for each of the participating employment services is determined. The European barometer is then derived from these national scores in the form of a weighted average.
The time series of the European Labour Market Barometer, including its components for all 17 participating employment services, is available at www.iab.de/Presse/elmb-components. More information on the European Labour Market Barometer is available at http://doku.iab.de/kurzber/2020/kb2120.pdf.