Almost one third (28.2%) of the young people from Romania, aged from 18 to 24, who were in employment in 2017, were exposed to poverty risk, being the highest percentage in the European Union, as against a European average of 11%, read the latest Eurostat statistics released on Tuesday.
In 2017 the proportion of young people aged 18-24 in work and at risk of poverty in the European Union (EU) was estimated to be 11.0 %, 1.1 percentage points. The proportion has fallen each year since a peak in 2014 (12.9 %).
The at-risk-of-poverty rate for all people in work in the EU was 9.4 % in 2017, and has varied around 9.5 % since 2014.
The highest proportion of young people aged 18-24 in work and at risk of poverty in 2017 was in Romania (28.2 %), followed by Luxembourg (20.0 %), Denmark (19.1 %), Spain (19.0 %) and Estonia (18.4 %).
In contrast, three countries had rates below 5 %: Czechia (1.5 %), Slovakia (3.8 %) and Finland (4.2 %).