The Employment and Social Developments Quarterly Review provides in-depth description of recent labour market and social developments. A wide range of information sources have been used to produce this report, including Eurostat statistics, reports and survey data from the Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs. The Review confirms overall positive labour market developments. Total employment hit a new record of 239.3 million people in the third quarter of 2018. The largest share of new jobs is permanent and full-time jobs. In the second quarter of 2018, permanent jobs had increased by 2.7 million compared with the same quarter of the previous year. The employment rate continued rising towards the Europe 2020 target and reached 73.2 % in the second quarter of 2018.