The number of people in employment in the Eurozone has risen by 1.4% when compared with the same period last year, according to Eurostat figures.

The figures, for the second quarter of 2016, also show a 0.4% increase when compared with the first quarter of this year.

The seasonally adjusted figures also show that employment increased by 1.5% annually across the 28-country European Union.

Overall, Eurostat estimates that 232.1m people were employed across the EU in the second period of this year - the highest level ever recorded.

The Eurostat figures also indicate that Irish employment levels increased by 1.1% on a quarter-by-quarter basis and by 2.9% on an annual basis.