Employment in the euro zone rose slightly in the third quarter of this year, with gains also being recorded against the wider European Union.

The number of people employed in the euro area was 0.2% higher in the three months to September when compared with the previous quarter.

This represented a 0.6% gain year-on-year.

In the 28 countries that make up the EU, employment grew by 0.3% quarter-on-quarter, or 0.9% on an annual basis.

European statistics agency Eurostat estimates that there were 148.2m people employed in the euro zone by the end of September, and 226.9m in the EU as a whole.

Greece recorded the highest level of jobs growth in the three month period, up 1.7% compared to the second quarter.

This was followed by Lithuania with growth of 1.5%, and Portugal which grew jobs numbers by 1.4%.

Ireland, meanwhile, saw jobs figures increase by 0.5% in the period, according to Eurostat.

Meanwhile Latvia saw the biggest fall in jobs numbers, down 1.7% quarter-on-quarter.

Employment levels in Malta fell by 0.8%, while Finland recorded a 0.3% drop.