The sector saw a year on year growth of 6.8% in the third quarter and 7% in the fourth quarter of 2017. By the end of the year, there were 17,649 people employed in the sector, compared to 16,614 in 2016.
The largest annual growth in total numbers of people employed was reported in specialist activities and support services, which rose from 60,525 in 2016 to 64,839 in 2017. Combined with IT and communications, the two areas represented 20% of jobs in Luxembourg and were responsible for 34% of net job creation between the fourth quarter of 2016 and the fourth quarter of 2017.
By the end of 2017, the largest employment sector remained commerce, transport, accommodation and catering, with 93,679 staff.
Altogether there were 406,104 people working in Luxembourg in 2017, a net increase of 13,238 from 2016. Over a third of that increase (6,961) came from cross-border workers, in which workers coming from France were the dominant group, bringing 4,426 net new workers to Luxembourg in 2017.
The number of cross-border workers grew at a slightly faster rate than resident workers, whose numbers grew by 6,277, of which 3,005 were immigrant EU citizens.
Statec, the national statistics bureau, released the figures on 15 March 2018.