Eurozone Wages Post Fastest Growth in Q1 2019
Arslan Butt • 1 min read
According to data released by the Eurostat on Monday, wages in the Eurozone grew at the fastest pace in Q1 2019. Wages and salaries rose by 2.5% during this period compared to Q1 2018 – the highest YoY increase registered since 2010.
In Q4 and Q3 2018, wages and salaries had grown by 2.3%. Overall labour costs rose by 2.4% in Q1 2019, while the non-wage component of labour costs rose by 2.2% during this period.
Although wages and employment are posting record highs in the Eurozone, worse than expected consumer prices and weakening inflation continue to exert downward pressure on the Eurozone economy and on the Euro currency as well.
EUR/USD continues to remain mostly unchanged on the release of this data, trading at around 1.121 at the time of writing.