4. Slight decrease in employment index in the EU food and drink industry
Continuing the trend of the previous quarter, the labour input index for the food and drink industry continued to decrease slightly (-0.2%) in Q3 of 2012. This was in line with the performance showed by the (total) manufacturing sector whose employment index also decreased by 0.2% in the same period.
When looking at the industry breakdown, the food sector employment index decreased by 0.3%, whereas the beverages industry employment index increased by 0.3% in comparison with the previous quarter.
Source: Eurostat (SBS), Nace Rev. 2, seasonally adjusted data, December 2012.