Only One EU Country Has Fewer Working Women Than Malta

 Italy is the only country within the EU with fewer working women than Malta, according to a Eurostat EU Labour Force Survey.

Malta ranked second amongst European Union member states for the highest number of economically inactive women, with 44.5 per cent of women being inactive in the workforce. Italy placed first with 44.8 per cent, a slender difference of 0.3 per cent compared to Malta.

It’s worth noting that Italy’s unemployment rate stands at around 11 per cent, while Malta’s is around 4.2 per cent.

‘Economically inactive people’ include those who are looking after children or incapacitated adults, those in education or training, retired or those suffering from illness or disability.

Sweden was the EU member state that scored the lowest percentage, with 19.8 per cent.

On the other hand, only 18.1 per cent of Maltese men are not in the labour market, the eighth lowest number in the European Union, the study found.

The Eurostat report stated that the number of inactive women was higher than men in every EU member state, with varying proportions. When viewing Europe as a whole, the study also found that the level of education seemed to play a role, because the number of inactive people decreased as education levels rose.

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