According to figures released today by Statistics Netherlands, an average 280 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period September–November 2008.
The most recent unemployment figures show that unemployment averaged 276 thousand in the period August-October 2008, i.e. 3.6 percent of the labour force, as opposed to 4.0 percent one year previously.
In 2007, more than one million persons managed a group of at least five people, i.e. 14 percent of the employed labour force. The percentage of managers is relatively high in the categories men, older people and full-timers.
The number of women unable or not prepared to work, because they have to look after their families has almost been reduced by half from 735 thousand in 2001 to 373 thousand in 2007.
Lower educated people not only live shorter lives, their healthy life expectancy is shorter too. On average, men with only primary education enjoy no more than 50 years in good health, whereas well-educated men have a healthy life expectancy of 69 years.
An average 284 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period July-September 2008. This is the equivalent of 3.7 percent of the labour force. In the same period last year the unemployment rate was still 4.3 percent.
As more married and unmarried couples with children decide to split up, the number of single parents in the Netherlands continues to grow.
In the second quarter of 2008, the employed labour force included 7.4 million persons. Employment has risen continually since the fourth quarter of 2005. The part-time labour force is growing far more rapidly than the full-time labour force.
In the period May-July 2008, unemployment averaged 308 thousand, i.e. 4.0 percent of the labour force.
In 2007/’08, far fewer havo-4 girls (38 percent) opted for the Culture and society profile than in the preceding school years (more than 50 percent). The Economics and society profile is now favourite among havo-4 girls.
Last year, 40 percent of all children in the Netherlands were born to unmarried mothers, i.e. half of all first-born children.
In the period April-June this year, average unemployment was 310 thousand, i.e. 4.0 percent of the labour force versus 4.6 percent in the period April-June 2007.
Higher educated women become mothers later in life than women educated at secondary or lower level.
The average number of unemployed stood at 326 thousand in the period February-April 2008, i.e. 4.2 percent of the Dutch labour force, as against 5.0 percent one year ago.
The number of families with four or more children living at home has dropped dramatically over the past decade. The decline was more substantial among families with a non-western background than among native Dutch families.
In recent years, the number of people obtaining a doctorate has increased in the Netherlands, particularly among women.
One in four Dutch children were cared for in an official day-care provision in 2007. This is more than in 2006, when one in five children were in official childcare.
One in five mothers who do not work or who have a part-time job want to work for more hours a week. Their reason for not doing so is hardly ever a shortage of suitable childcare.
An average 336 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the period January-March 2008. This is 4.4 percent of the labour force. Twelve months previously 5.3 percent of the labour force were unemployed.
An average 321 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the period December 2007- February 2008. This is the equivalent of 4.2 percent of the labour force.
In 2006, 48 percent of people aged between 55 and 65 years in the Netherlands had a paid job. This is more than in 2000, when 38 percent of this group were still working.
After the birth of their first child, most mothers continue working, preferably part-time. As their children grow older, mothers rarely start working longer hours.
In the period November 2007-January 2008, an average of 308 thousand people were unemployed, corresponding to 4.0 percent of the labour force, as against 5.0 percent in the same period one year previously.
Last year, an average of 344 thousand people were unemployed, i.e. 69 thousand fewer than in 2006.
At the end of 2005 72 thousand people in the Netherlands had a PhD. This is less than one in a thousand people.