Active population survey (EPA). 2016


The unemployment rate in Catalonia stood at a mean of 15.7% in 2016, with a total of 593,600 unemployed, 15.6% less than in 2015, according to the Labour Force Survey. The number of households with all their active members unemployed totalled 186,800 representing a year-over-year drop of 16.0%.

As for those under 25, the average annual unemployment rate fell 8 points in respect to 2015 standing at 34.3% of the active population between the ages of 16 and 24.

The employed persons rose by 3,4% on the year-over-year, reaching a mean value of 3.183.900 people and, of these, 527,200 had an employment seniority of less than a year. The employment rate between the ages of 20 and 64 stood at 70.1% in 2016, 2.4 points more than the previous year.

The population aged from 20 to 24 years with the certificate of secondary education grew by 1.4 points with respect to the previous year and totalled 73.8%, while the population aged from 30 to 34 years with further studies at tertiary level remained steady with respect to 2015 and totalled 43.1% (35.4% in the case of men and 50.4% in the case of women). The school dropout rate decreased slightly (0.9 points) and affected 18.0% of the population aged between 18 and 24.

In Spain, the unemployed population represented 19.6% of the working population and the number of households with all their active members unemployed stood at 1,482,700, 9.9% fewer than 2015.

Idescat publishes the summary of the 2016 Active Population Survey, as a complement to the results already presented in the monographic section devoted to the EPA.

The Active population survey is a set of sample based statistics of continuous character that carries out the INE with quarterly periodicity for all the Spanish territory, the main aim of which is to find out the relationship with the economic activity of the population. The Idescat broadens the results of the APS for the area of Catalonia.

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