The latest figures from Statistics Netherlands put unemployment at 461 thousand on average in the period September-November 2005.
In the period August-October 2005 an average of 458 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed. The seasonally corrected unemployment figure was 484 thousand, 3 thousand less than in the period July-September 2005. Dutch unemployment therefore remains stable.
142 thousand children were born during the first nine months of 2005. Since this is 4 thousand less than in the same period of 2004, Dutch population growth is slowing down.
In the third quarter of 2005 the number of unemployed people in the Netherlands averaged 478 thousand. The seasonally adjusted unemployment figure was 489 thousand, the same as in the period June-August 2005.
An average 490 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period June-August 2005. After adjustment for seasonal effects the number was 487 thousand, 4 thousand less than in the period May-July 2005.
In 2004 some 16 percent of people aged 15-64 were hampered in finding or carrying out paid jobs due to chronic complaints, illness or disabilities.
In the period May-July 2005 there were on average 499 thousand people unemployed. The seasonally corrected figure was 493 thousand, the same as in April-June 2005. Seasonally corrected unemployment has been constant for about six months.
With an increase of just under 8 thousand, the population growth in the first six months of 2005 reached a historically low level. In the same period 54 thousand persons left the Netherlands.
In the second quarter of 2005 unemployment in the Netherlands averaged 494 thousand.