In the third quarter of 2004 there were 109 thousand employee jobs less than in the third quarter of 2003. In the second quarter of 2004 the number of job losses was 119 thousand.
An average 470 thousand people were out of work in the Netherlands in the period September – November 2004. Unemployment is always lower at this time of year because of seasonal effects. Once these effects have been removed, unemployment comes to 480 thousand in this period, 4 thousand more than in the period August-October this year.
The third quarter of 2004 saw a slight increase in the number of vacancies. On 30 September 2004 there were 125 thousand unfilled vacancies. This is the seasonally corrected figure. Compared to the second quarter this is an increase of 3 thousand.
An average 461 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the three months from August to October. After correction for seasonal effects, unemployment came to 476 thousand in this period. This is 16 thousand higher than in the period July to September. Seasonally corrected unemployment is therefore up again for the first time in four months.
The Dutch economy saw a growth of 1.4 percent in the third quarter of 2004 compared to the third quarter of 2003. This is the highest growth rate in three years. Employment decreased a little less in the third quarter than in the two preceding quarters.
An average 460 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the third quarter of 2004. After correction for seasonal effects total unemployment amounted to 460 thousand in this period.
the number of welfare benefits claims on 30 June 2004 was 339 thousand, the same as in March. It is the first time in 18 months that there was no increase in the number of welfare benefits claims.
In the second quarter of 2004 there were 119 thousand employee jobs less than in the second quarter of 2003. This means job losses increased to 1.6 percent. The private sector had 148 thousand fewer jobs than the the year before. Jobs in government and care together were up by 29 thousand. The increase in wage costs per employee was reduced to 1.9 percent.
An average 478 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the period June-August 2004. Seasonal effects always have an upward effect on unemployment at this time of year. Once these effects are removed, the unemployed labour force comes to 470 thousand. This is 6 thousand lower than in the period May-July 2004.
The number of job vacancies in the Netherlands rose further in the second quarter of 2004. After adjustment for seasonal effects there were 121 thousand vacancies at the end of June. This is 8 thousand more than in the previous quarter.
In 2003, more than 1.7 million people in the Netherlands aged 15-64 years had a disability or health problem resulting in their not being able to work. This is the equivalent of 16 percent of 15-64 year-olds who were restricted in finding or carrying out a job because of a longstanding disorder, illness or handicap.
An average 485 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period May – July 2004. This is 78 thousand more than in the same period in 2003.
The Dutch economy in the second quarter of 2004 saw a 1.0 percent growth rate compared to one year earlier. The growth rate is virtually the same as in the first quarter of 2004. Although employment in the second quarter of 2004 fell, it did so by less than in the previous quarters.
486 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the second quarter of 2004. This is 90 thousand more than in the second quarter of 2003. In the first quarter of 2004 the year-on-year increase was 128 thousand.
In the first quarter of 2004 the number of unemployments benefits (WW) grew again and totalled 311 thousand at the end of March but the growth rate is slowing down. The number of benefits paid under the National Assistance Act (ABW) grew steadily to reach 339 thousand at the end of March 2004. The number of labour disablement benefits (WAO) continued to drop; 972 thousand persons received this type of benefit at the end of March, a reduction of 10 thousand compared to the preceding quarter.
In the first quarter of 2004 there were 107 thousand employee jobs less than in the first quarter of 2003. This means that job losses reached 1.4 percent. For the first time the number of women’s jobs was down on the previous year. There were 153 thousand fewer jobs in the private sector. The number of jobs in government and care was up 46 thousand. The wage cost increase per employee fell to 2.6 percent.
In the period March – May 2004 an average of 495 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands. That is 109 thousand more than in the same period last year.In the last three months an average of 6.6 percent of the labour force was unemployed. In the same period last year this was 5.2 percent.
In April 2004 the turnover of the Dutch retail trade was 1.5 percent lower than in April 2003. Turnovers have been lower than in the same month of the previous year ever since March 2003. Retail prices in April were down by 1.4 percent on April 2003. Turnover volume stayed virtually the same. Turnover developments in the retail trade in April 2004 were positively influenced by a favourable shopping day pattern compared to April 2003.
The Netherlands had an average of 499 thousand unemployed in the period February – April of 2004. This is 113 thousand more than in the same period of 2003.Over the last three months an average of 6.6 percent of the labour force was unemployed, versus 5.2 percent in the same period last year.
The Dutch economy grew by 0.8 percent in the first quarter of 2004. This is the first time since the end of 2002 that the volume of gross domestic product (GDP) was higher than twelve months previously. Employment decreased further in the first quarter of 2004.
An average half a million people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the first quarter of 2004. This is 128 thousand more than in the same quarter last year. In the last three months, 6.6 percent of the Dutch labour force were out of work on average. One year ago this was only 5.0 percent.
The number of unemployment benefits (WW) increased in the fourth quarter of 2003 to a total of 287 thousand at the end of 2003. Unemployment benefits increased by an average of 6 thousand a month during the second half of 2003. The increase was less than during the first six months of 2003.
The number of job vacancies did not fall further in the fourth quarter of 2003. After correction for seasonal effects, there were 100 thousand job vacancies at the end of December 2003. This is 7 thousand more than in the previous quarter. It is the first time in nearly three years that the number of vacancies did not decrease.
According to figures released, an average 468 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the period December 2003-February 2004. This is 128 thousand up on the same period twelve months previously.
There were 143 thousand jobs fewer in the Dutch private sector in the fourth quarter of 2003 than twelve months previously. As the number of jobs in the government and care sectors grew by 68 thousand, the net decrease in the number of employee jobs was 75 thousand. This is 1 percent down on the second quarter of 2002. The increase in wage costs fell to 3.1 percent.
In the period November 2003 – January 2004 the Netherlands averaged 444 thousand unemployed. This is an increase of 126 thousand compared to the same period last year.
An average 416 thousand people were out of work in the Netherlands in the last quarter of 2003. This is 100 thousand more than in the same period in 2002.
After adjustment for seasonal effects, 273 thousand people in the Netherlands were claiming unemployment benefit at the end of September 2003. This is 20 thousand more than at the end of the previous quarter. The rate of increase in the number of people receiving this benefit was noticeably higher in 2003 than in 2002. The number of people on income support rose by 2 thousand in the second quarter of 2003, to 327 thousand at the end of June.