Monthly labour participation and unemployment

Monthly labour participation and unemployment

Sex Age Periods Unemployment rate Not seasonally adjusted (%) Unemployment rate Seasonally adjusted (%)
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2020 3rd quarter* 4.3 4.5
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2020 3rd quarter* 10.8 11.0
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2020 3rd quarter* 3.5 3.8
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2020 3rd quarter* 2.6 2.8
Men 15 to 74 years 2020 3rd quarter* 4.0 4.2
Men 15 to 24 years 2020 3rd quarter* 10.7 10.9
Men 25 to 44 years 2020 3rd quarter* 3.3 3.6
Men 45 to 74 years 2020 3rd quarter* 2.4 2.6
Women 15 to 74 years 2020 3rd quarter* 4.6 4.8
Women 15 to 24 years 2020 3rd quarter* 10.8 11.0
Women 25 to 44 years 2020 3rd quarter* 3.7 4.0
Women 45 to 74 years 2020 3rd quarter* 2.9 3.1
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

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.
Not seasonally adjusted
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.