Fresh data from Eurostat show that 84.7 percent of recent graduates in Hungary were employed in 2017 compared with an EU average of 80.2 percent.
Recent graduates are people aged 20-34 who are not in education or training and who completed their education at most three years ago.
In central and eastern Europe, the employment rate of recent graduates is highest in the Czech Republic, at 89.9 percent, followed by Hungary and Poland (82.1 percent).
Hungary’s employment rate among recent graduates fell after the 2008 economic crisis, reaching a low point at 73.3 percent in 2012.
Then it started climbing, peaking at 85 percent in 2016 and inching down to 84.7 percent last year.
Meanwhile, employment among recent graduates in the EU also declined after the crisis, bottoming out at 75.4 percent in 2013 and climbing to 80.2 percent in 2017.
Similar to the EU average, the Czech and the Polish measures rose every year between 2014 and 2017.