Nearly 13 million people in the EU are unemployed for over a year – according to the latest quarterly review of the European Commission on employment. The economic recovery, which began in the spring of 2013, is still quite unstable and the prospects for employment are uncertain. However, in most sectors since mid-2013 employment increased by 0.2% in the first quarter and 0.3% in the second quarter of this year. Especially in the second quarter of this year, employment increased in a significant number of Member States. The increase in employment was recorded in Spain – by 0.7%, Portugal – 0.9%, Estonia – 1.2%, the UK and Poland by – 0.5% and Italy – by 0.2%. In case of France, employment has not changed for the third quarter in a row.
There increased the number of hours worked and for the first time since 2011 there has been a slight increase in the number of full-time employment contracts and an increase in youth employment. However, many new jobs are part-time work or temporary work, and the unemployment rate still slightly deviates from the highest level recorded in the past. In August, the unemployment rate in the EU was 10.2% (nearly 24.6 million people) and in the Euro area countries it was 11.5% (approx. 18.3 million people). Long-term unemployed represents a large and growing group of all the unemployed – nearly 13 million people remain out of work for over a year. In addition, one third of the unemployed are unemployed for over two years.
The situation in the labor market improved for young people because in most Member States the unemployment rate in this group has decreased significantly. In August in the Member Countries there were 21.6% unemployed people aged from 15 to 24, and in the Euro area countries – 23.3%. However, youth unemployment remains at very high levels in countries such as: Greece and Spain. Of those employed, almost half has a contract for a specified period and nearly one quarter works part time.
The European Commission suggests that Member States must take efforts to fill the assumptions of guarantee for young people and to help every young person in search for suitable employment or training opportunities, gaining experience or education dedicated to finding a job in the future.
Among Polish Facebook users 52.4% of them are women. Among the largest age group there are people from 13 to 34 years old, but older Internet users are quickly starting to arrive there too.
In September this year Facebook had 12.6 million registered Polish users – according to data from the advertising platform Catvertiser.com. In this group, 6 million were men and 6.6 million were women.
Nearly three-quarters of the Polish users are people within 13-34 years old. Visitors aged 13-18 years amounted in September to 2.6 million (20.6% of all the users), those aged 19-24 years amounted to 3 million (23.8 percent) and those within 25-34 years – 3 , 8 million (14.3 percent). However, in the last month there arrived more older users.
Because there are less older visitors, reaching them with advertising is expensive. Rates for targeted advertising increase together with age of the recipients at each sales model (CPC, CPA, CPM). However, for the oldest age group (65 years and older) they are slightly lower than for groups of 35-64 years.
The Arab Mobile App Challenge was held for the first time ever during January 2014. It gave the opportunity to everyone from Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, UAE or Qatar to take part and show of their skills in designing and developing new innovative mobile apps.
More than 150 teams from participating countries took part in the challenge and developed interesting and amazing apps focused on the assigned segments.
Apps needed to be focused on education, entertainment, health or entrepreneurship, and the top ranked teams will have the opportunity to participate in the Mobile World Congress Finals in Barcelona at the end of February. Apart from this, the chanllenge also awarded three first place app winners valuable cash prizes.
Three main winners were Loujee, the first ever Arab iOS app powering an educational toy for children ($50,000); Crowd Analyzer, from the UAE, automated Arabic social media platform covering Middle East and North Africa ($30,000); Markabaty from Jordan, helping car owners find workshops and troubleshoot problems ($20,000).
The teams who will go on to the World Mobile Congress are: ICAPS (UAE), Baharat (Saudi Arabia), EduTechnoz (Qatar), The Pen (Jordan), and Grant Fit (Tunisia).
The Arab Mobile App Challenge was organized by Silatech and Ooredoo from Qatar, as well as the Applied Innovation Institute from the US.