Employment report: Europe, the Middle East and Africa (June 2014)

Europe, the Middle East and Africa have all exhibited job growth this year, which continued into May, representing a recovery from the recent recession.

Employment in the U.K. expanded further in May, continuing the growth that has so far characterized this year. According to The Telegraph, jobs in the county's services sector have risen to a 17-year high. The industry represents 70 per cent of the U.K.'s economy, making its growth indicative of the way the entire nation is moving. Construction and manufacturing employment also grew, though less dramatically. Together, the positive performance of these key industries makes it likely that the U.K.'s economy will grow nearly 1 per cent in this year's second quarter, bumping it back up to levels not seen since 2008, at the start of the recession.

Standard Media suggested that the struggling economy of Kenya may also be rising. A reported 659,400 jobs were created in 2013, though economists have not been able to verify the numbers. The usual rate of growth is closer to 50,000 new workers annually in the country, which currently has an unemployment rate of about 40 per cent. Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich has poured billions into job creation and poverty alleviation recently.

In the Middle East, more reliable growth is occurring. The Monster Employment Index, which tracks online job listings, found a 19 per cent expansion in the region's employment over the year. The biggest contributors to the region's rising employment this year have been Egypt and Qatar.