Monthly labour participation and unemployment

Monthly labour participation and unemployment

Sex Age Periods Labour force Not seasonally adjusted (x 1,000) Labour force Seasonally adjusted (x 1,000) Employed labour force Not seasonally adjusted (x 1,000) Employed labour force Seasonally adjusted (x 1,000) Unemployed labour force Not seasonally adjusted (x 1,000) Unemployed labour force Seasonally adjusted (x 1,000) Not in the labour force Not seasonally adjusted (x 1,000) Not in the labour force Seasonally adjusted (x 1,000) Gross labour participation Not seasonally adjusted (%) Gross labour participation Seasonally adjusted (%) Net labour participation Not seasonally adjusted (%) Net labour participation Seasonally adjusted (%)
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2020 3rd quarter* 9,336 9,326 8,936 8,907 400 419 3,765 3,775 71.3 71.2 68.2 68.0
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2020 3rd quarter* 1,479 1,455 1,320 1,295 159 160 646 671 69.6 68.4 62.1 60.9
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2020 3rd quarter* 3,764 3,772 3,631 3,629 133 143 499 491 88.3 88.5 85.2 85.1
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2020 3rd quarter* 4,093 4,100 3,985 3,983 108 116 2,619 2,613 61.0 61.1 59.4 59.3
Men 15 to 74 years 2020 3rd quarter* 4,942 4,935 4,743 4,727 199 208 1,615 1,623 75.4 75.3 72.3 72.1
Men 15 to 24 years 2020 3rd quarter* 733 721 654 642 79 79 350 362 67.7 66.6 60.4 59.3
Men 25 to 44 years 2020 3rd quarter* 1,965 1,967 1,899 1,897 66 70 176 174 91.8 91.9 88.7 88.6
Men 45 to 74 years 2020 3rd quarter* 2,245 2,247 2,190 2,188 55 59 1,089 1,087 67.3 67.4 65.7 65.6
Women 15 to 74 years 2020 3rd quarter* 4,393 4,391 4,192 4,180 201 212 2,150 2,152 67.1 67.1 64.1 63.9
Women 15 to 24 years 2020 3rd quarter* 746 734 666 653 80 81 296 309 71.6 70.4 63.9 62.6
Women 25 to 44 years 2020 3rd quarter* 1,799 1,805 1,731 1,732 67 73 323 317 84.8 85.1 81.6 81.6
Women 45 to 74 years 2020 3rd quarter* 1,848 1,853 1,795 1,795 53 58 1,531 1,526 54.7 54.8 53.1 53.1
Source: CBS.
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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 over July - September and 3rd quarter 2020 are provisional, the other figures in this table are final.

Changes as of 15 October 2020:
The provisional figures about September and 3rd quarter 2020 have been 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.
Not seasonally adjusted
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.
Not seasonally adjusted
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.
Not seasonally adjusted
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.
Not in the labour force
People who don’t have paid work, who haven’t recently looked for work recently or are not 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.
Not seasonally adjusted
Seasonally adjusted
Figures on persons not included in 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.
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.
Not seasonally adjusted
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.
Not seasonally adjusted
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.