More and more working poor in the European Union

The proportion of people who have a job has increased but are still classified as poor in most European Union countries in the past ten years, including Sweden. A “scandal,” the European Union’s Secretary-General calls development.

In 2010, 8.4% of all European Union workers were classified as poor, or working poor. In 2019, that share increased to 9.4 percent, according to a compilation from Eurostat presented by the European Union on Thursday.

Esther Lynch, General Secretary of the European Union of Trade Unions, which represents European trade unions, criticizes the fact that no more efforts are being made at the EU level to halt development.

“It’s a scandal that more workers are living in poverty now than it was when the financial crisis was at its worst despite the growing economy,” Lynch said in a statement.

Sweden was one of the 15 countries in the European Union where the percentage of poor workers increased during 2010-2019. The increase in Sweden was just over 1 percent, compared to the European Union average of close to 12 percent of working poor. The largest increase occurred in Hungary.

In ten countries such as Finland and Denmark, the proportion of poor workers decreased during this period.

According to the European Union, young people, migrant workers and people with short-term contracts are most at risk.

Romania had the largest proportion of working poor and Finland was the smallest.

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