Monthly labour participation and unemployment

Monthly labour participation and unemployment

Sex Age Periods Labour force Seasonally adjusted (x 1,000) Employed labour force Seasonally adjusted (x 1,000) Unemployed labour force Seasonally adjusted (x 1,000) Unemployment rate Seasonally adjusted (%) Gross labour participation Seasonally adjusted (%) Net labour participation Seasonally adjusted (%)
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2020 November 9,352 8,975 378 4.0 71.3 68.4
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2020 December 9,348 8,979 368 3.9 71.3 68.5
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 January 9,340 9,004 337 3.6 71.2 68.6
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 February 9,364 9,024 340 3.6 71.4 68.8
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 March 9,329 9,003 326 3.5 71.1 68.6
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 April 9,323 9,007 316 3.4 71.1 68.7
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 May 9,320 9,011 309 3.3 71.1 68.7
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 June 9,362 9,065 297 3.2 71.4 69.1
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 July 9,386 9,097 289 3.1 71.6 69.4
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 August 9,411 9,110 301 3.2 71.8 69.5
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 September 9,425 9,132 292 3.1 71.9 69.7
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 October* 9,438 9,161 277 2.9 72.0 69.9
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2020 November 1,472 1,334 138 9.4 69.2 62.7
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2020 December 1,465 1,325 139 9.5 68.9 62.3
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 January 1,455 1,322 133 9.1 68.4 62.2
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 February 1,459 1,322 137 9.4 68.6 62.2
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 March 1,451 1,321 129 8.9 68.2 62.1
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 April 1,455 1,326 128 8.8 68.4 62.4
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 May 1,451 1,325 126 8.7 68.2 62.3
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 June 1,471 1,358 112 7.6 69.2 63.9
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 July 1,473 1,366 107 7.3 69.3 64.3
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 August 1,482 1,372 110 7.4 69.7 64.5
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 September 1,491 1,381 110 7.4 70.2 65.0
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 October* 1,498 1,395 104 6.9 70.5 65.6
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2020 November 3,788 3,656 133 3.5 88.7 85.6
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2020 December 3,789 3,661 129 3.4 88.7 85.7
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 January 3,792 3,682 111 2.9 88.7 86.1
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 February 3,803 3,692 110 2.9 88.9 86.3
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 March 3,798 3,692 106 2.8 88.7 86.3
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 April 3,793 3,696 97 2.6 88.6 86.3
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 May 3,797 3,700 97 2.6 88.6 86.3
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 June 3,807 3,708 99 2.6 88.8 86.5
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 July 3,818 3,718 100 2.6 89.0 86.7
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 August 3,830 3,717 113 2.9 89.3 86.6
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 September 3,834 3,727 106 2.8 89.3 86.8
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 October* 3,833 3,733 101 2.6 89.2 86.9
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2020 November 4,092 3,985 107 2.6 60.9 59.3
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2020 December 4,094 3,994 100 2.4 60.9 59.4
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 January 4,093 4,000 93 2.3 60.9 59.6
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 February 4,103 4,010 93 2.3 61.1 59.7
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 March 4,080 3,990 90 2.2 60.8 59.5
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 April 4,075 3,985 90 2.2 60.8 59.4
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 May 4,073 3,987 86 2.1 60.8 59.5
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 June 4,085 3,999 86 2.1 61.0 59.7
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 July 4,095 4,013 82 2.0 61.2 59.9
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 August 4,099 4,022 78 1.9 61.3 60.1
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 September 4,100 4,024 76 1.9 61.3 60.2
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 October* 4,106 4,033 73 1.8 61.4 60.3
Men 15 to 74 years 2020 November 4,940 4,748 192 3.9 75.3 72.3
Men 15 to 74 years 2020 December 4,945 4,753 192 3.9 75.3 72.4
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 January 4,941 4,767 174 3.5 75.3 72.6
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 February 4,963 4,786 177 3.6 75.6 72.9
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 March 4,946 4,778 168 3.4 75.3 72.8
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 April 4,949 4,788 161 3.2 75.4 72.9
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 May 4,945 4,788 156 3.2 75.3 72.9
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 June 4,961 4,810 150 3.0 75.6 73.3
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 July 4,970 4,825 145 2.9 75.7 73.5
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 August 4,983 4,832 151 3.0 75.9 73.6
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 September 4,988 4,841 147 3.0 76.0 73.8
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 October* 5,000 4,862 138 2.8 76.2 74.1
Men 15 to 24 years 2020 November 729 662 66 9.1 67.3 61.1
Men 15 to 24 years 2020 December 726 659 66 9.2 67.0 60.8
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 January 724 660 64 8.8 66.8 60.9
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 February 727 660 67 9.2 67.1 60.9
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 March 723 662 61 8.4 66.7 61.1
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 April 730 670 60 8.2 67.3 61.8
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 May 726 665 61 8.3 67.0 61.4
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 June 738 684 54 7.3 68.1 63.1
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 July 741 688 53 7.1 68.4 63.5
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 August 747 694 53 7.1 69.0 64.0
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 September 753 700 53 7.1 69.5 64.6
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 October* 761 712 50 6.5 70.3 65.7
Men 25 to 44 years 2020 November 1,979 1,910 69 3.5 92.3 89.0
Men 25 to 44 years 2020 December 1,979 1,910 70 3.5 92.2 89.0
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 January 1,983 1,923 61 3.1 92.3 89.5
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 February 1,990 1,929 61 3.1 92.6 89.7
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 March 1,990 1,930 59 3.0 92.5 89.8
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 April 1,987 1,935 52 2.6 92.3 89.9
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 May 1,986 1,936 50 2.5 92.2 89.9
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 June 1,989 1,939 50 2.5 92.3 90.0
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 July 1,994 1,945 50 2.5 92.5 90.2
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 August 2,000 1,944 56 2.8 92.7 90.1
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 September 2,002 1,948 54 2.7 92.8 90.3
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 October* 2,001 1,950 51 2.5 92.7 90.3
Men 45 to 74 years 2020 November 2,233 2,176 57 2.6 66.9 65.2
Men 45 to 74 years 2020 December 2,240 2,184 55 2.5 67.1 65.5
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 January 2,234 2,184 50 2.2 67.0 65.5
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 February 2,245 2,197 49 2.2 67.4 65.9
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 March 2,234 2,185 48 2.2 67.1 65.6
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 April 2,232 2,183 48 2.2 67.0 65.6
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 May 2,233 2,187 46 2.1 67.1 65.7
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 June 2,234 2,188 46 2.1 67.2 65.8
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 July 2,235 2,192 43 1.9 67.2 65.9
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 August 2,236 2,194 42 1.9 67.3 66.0
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 September 2,234 2,194 40 1.8 67.3 66.1
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 October* 2,238 2,201 37 1.7 67.4 66.3
Women 15 to 74 years 2020 November 4,412 4,227 185 4.2 67.4 64.5
Women 15 to 74 years 2020 December 4,403 4,226 176 4.0 67.2 64.5
Women 15 to 74 years 2021 January 4,399 4,237 162 3.7 67.1 64.7
Women 15 to 74 years 2021 February 4,401 4,238 163 3.7 67.2 64.7
Source: CBS.
Explanation of symbols

Table description


This table contains monthly, quarterly and yearly figures on the labour participation and unemployment in the Netherlands. The population of 15 to 75 years old (excluding the institutionalized population) is divided into the employed, the unemployed and the people who are not in in the labour force. The different groups are further broken down by sex and age. Next to the original monthly figures on the labour force you can also find monthly figures that are seasonally adjusted.

Data available from: January 2003

Status of the figures:
The figures for October 2021 are provisional.
All the figures in this table are final.

Changes as of 18 November 2021:
The figures for October 2021 are added.

Changes as of 11 June 2020:
Information about these figures during the corona crisis have been added, see for more information 4. Sources and Methodes.

When will new figures be published?
New figures on the most recent month are published monthly, in the third week of the month.

Description topics

Labour force
People
- who have paid work (employed labour force), or
- who don’t have paid work, recently looked for work and are directly available for it (unemployed labour force).
This definition concerns people who live in the Netherlands (excluding the institutionalized population). The figures are usually presented for the population aged 15 to 74 years old. Paid work is regardless of the hours worked.
Seasonally adjusted
Figures on the labour force after elimination of seasonal effects. For the yearly figures seasonally adjusted figures are not available because every single year deals with the same seasonal influences.
Employed labour force
People who have paid work.
This definition concerns people who live in the Netherlands (excluding the institutionalized population). The figures are usually presented for the population aged 15 to 74 years old. Paid work is regardless of the hours worked.
Seasonally adjusted
Figures on the employed labour force after elimination of seasonal effects. For the yearly figures seasonally adjusted figures are not available because every single year deals with the same seasonal influences.
Unemployed labour force
People who don’t have paid work, recently looked for work and are directly available for it.
This definition concerns people who live in the Netherlands (excluding the institutionalized population). The figures are usually presented for the population aged 15 to 74 years old. Paid work is regardless of the hours worked.
Seasonally adjusted
Figures on the unemployed labour force after elimination of seasonal effects. For the yearly figures seasonally adjusted figures are not available because every single year deals with the same seasonal influences.
Unemployment rate
The unemployed labour force as a percentage of the (employed and unemployed) labour force.
This definition concerns people who live in the Netherlands (excluding the institutionalized population). The figures are usually presented for the population aged 15 to 74 years old.
Seasonally adjusted
Unemployed labour force as a percentage of the total labour force after elimination of seasonal effects. For the yearly figures seasonally adjusted figures are not available because every single year deals with the same seasonal influences.
Gross labour participation
The percentage of the (employed and unemployed) labour force in the population (labour force and not in the labour force).
This definition concerns people who live in the Netherlands (excluding the institutionalized population). The figures are usually presented for the population aged 15 to 74 years old.
Seasonally adjusted
Employed and unemployed labour force as a percentage of total population aged 15 until 65. For the yearly figures seasonally adjusted figures are not available because every single year deals with the same seasonal influences.
Net labour participation
The percentage of the employed labour force in the population (labour force and not in the labour force).
This definition concerns people who live in the Netherlands (excluding the institutionalized population). The figures are usually presented for the population aged 15 to 74 years old.
Seasonally adjusted
Employed labour force as a percentage of total population aged 15 until 65. For the yearly figures seasonally adjusted figures are not available because every single year deals with the same seasonal influences.