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 2021 May 9,600 9,597 9,187 9,177 413 419 3,540 3,542 73.1 73.0 69.9 69.8
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 June 9,679 9,650 9,276 9,245 403 405 3,456 3,485 73.7 73.5 70.6 70.4
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 July 9,677 9,657 9,305 9,264 372 393 3,454 3,475 73.7 73.5 70.9 70.5
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 August 9,706 9,684 9,319 9,277 387 406 3,422 3,445 73.9 73.8 71.0 70.7
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 September 9,706 9,704 9,302 9,305 403 399 3,435 3,437 73.9 73.8 70.8 70.8
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 October 9,739 9,718 9,346 9,336 393 382 3,395 3,416 74.1 74.0 71.2 71.1
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 November 9,742 9,735 9,389 9,376 352 359 3,429 3,435 74.0 73.9 71.3 71.2
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2021 December 9,723 9,749 9,374 9,380 349 369 3,454 3,428 73.8 74.0 71.1 71.2
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2022 January 9,741 9,768 9,372 9,415 369 354 3,434 3,406 73.9 74.1 71.1 71.5
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2022 February 9,754 9,766 9,394 9,430 360 336 3,422 3,409 74.0 74.1 71.3 71.6
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2022 March 9,801 9,817 9,459 9,490 342 327 3,379 3,363 74.4 74.5 71.8 72.0
Total sex 15 to 74 years 2022 April 9,823 9,844 9,501 9,528 321 316 3,369 3,347 74.5 74.6 72.0 72.2
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 May 1,641 1,651 1,482 1,484 159 167 473 464 77.6 78.1 70.1 70.2
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 June 1,702 1,673 1,541 1,518 161 155 411 440 80.5 79.2 72.9 71.9
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 July 1,732 1,674 1,581 1,526 151 148 379 437 82.0 79.3 74.9 72.3
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 August 1,708 1,685 1,562 1,533 145 152 401 424 81.0 79.9 74.1 72.7
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 September 1,690 1,694 1,530 1,541 160 153 428 425 79.8 80.0 72.3 72.8
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 October 1,705 1,699 1,558 1,554 148 145 421 427 80.2 79.9 73.2 73.1
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 November 1,697 1,702 1,567 1,569 130 133 442 437 79.3 79.6 73.2 73.3
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021 December 1,694 1,711 1,572 1,577 122 134 446 429 79.2 79.9 73.4 73.7
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2022 January 1,699 1,721 1,565 1,589 133 131 440 418 79.4 80.4 73.2 74.3
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2022 February 1,703 1,725 1,572 1,599 132 126 433 412 79.7 80.7 73.6 74.8
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2022 March 1,718 1,742 1,593 1,618 125 124 421 397 80.3 81.4 74.5 75.6
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2022 April 1,733 1,746 1,615 1,625 118 121 407 394 81.0 81.6 75.5 75.9
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 May 3,839 3,835 3,714 3,710 125 124 470 474 89.1 89.0 86.2 86.1
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 June 3,842 3,849 3,724 3,725 118 124 469 462 89.1 89.3 86.4 86.4
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 July 3,835 3,855 3,724 3,731 112 124 478 459 88.9 89.4 86.3 86.5
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 August 3,861 3,868 3,729 3,730 132 138 456 449 89.4 89.6 86.4 86.4
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 September 3,880 3,874 3,751 3,743 128 131 442 448 89.8 89.6 86.8 86.6
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 October 3,891 3,878 3,763 3,753 128 126 425 438 90.1 89.8 87.2 86.9
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 November 3,895 3,889 3,778 3,771 117 118 442 448 89.8 89.7 87.1 87.0
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021 December 3,890 3,888 3,771 3,764 119 123 454 457 89.6 89.5 86.8 86.7
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2022 January 3,894 3,897 3,771 3,779 122 118 456 453 89.5 89.6 86.7 86.9
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2022 February 3,902 3,899 3,780 3,789 122 110 454 457 89.6 89.5 86.8 87.0
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2022 March 3,916 3,910 3,806 3,805 111 105 446 452 89.8 89.6 87.2 87.2
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2022 April 3,918 3,925 3,817 3,826 101 99 455 448 89.6 89.8 87.3 87.5
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 May 4,120 4,112 3,991 3,983 129 128 2,596 2,604 61.3 61.2 59.4 59.3
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 June 4,135 4,128 4,010 4,002 125 126 2,576 2,583 61.6 61.5 59.8 59.6
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 July 4,110 4,128 4,001 4,006 109 121 2,596 2,579 61.3 61.5 59.7 59.7
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 August 4,137 4,132 4,028 4,015 110 116 2,565 2,571 61.7 61.6 60.1 59.9
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 September 4,136 4,136 4,021 4,020 115 116 2,565 2,565 61.7 61.7 60.0 60.0
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 October 4,143 4,141 4,025 4,029 117 112 2,549 2,551 61.9 61.9 60.2 60.2
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 November 4,150 4,144 4,045 4,036 105 108 2,545 2,550 62.0 61.9 60.4 60.3
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021 December 4,138 4,150 4,031 4,039 107 111 2,554 2,542 61.8 62.0 60.2 60.4
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2022 January 4,149 4,151 4,035 4,046 113 105 2,538 2,535 62.0 62.1 60.4 60.5
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2022 February 4,148 4,142 4,042 4,042 106 101 2,535 2,540 62.1 62.0 60.5 60.5
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2022 March 4,166 4,165 4,060 4,067 106 98 2,513 2,514 62.4 62.4 60.8 60.9
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2022 April 4,171 4,173 4,069 4,077 102 96 2,507 2,504 62.5 62.5 60.9 61.1
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 May 5,059 5,058 4,854 4,851 204 207 1,518 1,519 76.9 76.9 73.8 73.8
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 June 5,093 5,081 4,898 4,881 195 200 1,482 1,493 77.5 77.3 74.5 74.2
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 July 5,100 5,082 4,917 4,890 183 192 1,473 1,491 77.6 77.3 74.8 74.4
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 August 5,107 5,095 4,917 4,896 191 199 1,465 1,477 77.7 77.5 74.8 74.5
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 September 5,102 5,105 4,906 4,908 196 196 1,476 1,473 77.6 77.6 74.6 74.6
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 October 5,121 5,117 4,936 4,931 185 186 1,452 1,457 77.9 77.8 75.1 75.0
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 November 5,136 5,132 4,955 4,951 181 181 1,455 1,459 77.9 77.9 75.2 75.1
Men 15 to 74 years 2021 December 5,125 5,140 4,953 4,955 173 185 1,470 1,455 77.7 77.9 75.1 75.1
Men 15 to 74 years 2022 January 5,136 5,148 4,954 4,973 181 176 1,458 1,446 77.9 78.1 75.1 75.4
Men 15 to 74 years 2022 February 5,141 5,148 4,960 4,980 182 168 1,454 1,447 78.0 78.1 75.2 75.5
Men 15 to 74 years 2022 March 5,168 5,177 5,001 5,016 167 161 1,430 1,421 78.3 78.5 75.8 76.0
Men 15 to 74 years 2022 April 5,184 5,193 5,024 5,037 160 156 1,414 1,406 78.6 78.7 76.1 76.3
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 May 809 812 726 726 83 86 267 264 75.2 75.4 67.5 67.4
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 June 841 828 759 747 82 81 235 248 78.2 77.0 70.6 69.4
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 July 856 826 777 749 78 77 219 249 79.6 76.8 72.3 69.7
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 August 845 834 771 755 74 78 229 240 78.7 77.6 71.8 70.3
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 September 836 840 752 761 84 79 242 238 77.5 77.9 69.8 70.6
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 October 844 846 769 772 76 74 237 235 78.1 78.2 71.1 71.4
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 November 851 852 783 784 68 69 236 235 78.3 78.4 72.1 72.1
Men 15 to 24 years 2021 December 847 857 785 790 61 67 241 230 77.9 78.8 72.2 72.6
Men 15 to 24 years 2022 January 854 864 789 799 65 65 233 223 78.6 79.5 72.6 73.5
Men 15 to 24 years 2022 February 858 868 792 805 65 62 228 218 79.0 79.9 72.9 74.1
Men 15 to 24 years 2022 March 869 879 808 819 61 60 219 208 79.9 80.9 74.3 75.3
Men 15 to 24 years 2022 April 875 881 817 821 58 59 213 207 80.5 81.0 75.1 75.5
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 May 2,013 2,012 1,961 1,960 51 52 154 155 92.9 92.9 90.5 90.5
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 June 2,014 2,017 1,965 1,966 48 51 155 152 92.9 93.0 90.6 90.6
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 July 2,017 2,021 1,971 1,970 46 51 153 148 93.0 93.2 90.8 90.8
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 August 2,023 2,026 1,967 1,968 56 58 149 146 93.2 93.3 90.6 90.6
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 September 2,032 2,030 1,979 1,973 53 57 142 144 93.5 93.4 91.0 90.8
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 October 2,037 2,032 1,985 1,978 52 53 135 140 93.8 93.6 91.4 91.1
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 November 2,043 2,040 1,987 1,985 56 54 140 143 93.6 93.5 91.1 91.0
Men 25 to 44 years 2021 December 2,038 2,040 1,983 1,983 55 57 148 146 93.2 93.3 90.7 90.7
Men 25 to 44 years 2022 January 2,042 2,043 1,984 1,988 57 55 148 146 93.3 93.3 90.6 90.8
Men 25 to 44 years 2022 February 2,043 2,044 1,983 1,990 60 54 150 149 93.2 93.2 90.4 90.8
Men 25 to 44 years 2022 March 2,052 2,049 1,996 1,998 55 51 145 147 93.4 93.3 90.9 91.0
Men 25 to 44 years 2022 April 2,056 2,056 2,003 2,006 52 50 144 143 93.5 93.5 91.1 91.2
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 May 2,237 2,233 2,167 2,165 70 69 1,097 1,100 67.1 67.0 65.0 64.9
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 June 2,238 2,237 2,173 2,168 65 68 1,092 1,094 67.2 67.2 65.3 65.1
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 July 2,228 2,235 2,169 2,170 58 64 1,101 1,094 66.9 67.1 65.2 65.2
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 August 2,240 2,236 2,179 2,173 61 63 1,087 1,091 67.3 67.2 65.5 65.3
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 September 2,234 2,235 2,175 2,174 59 61 1,091 1,090 67.2 67.2 65.4 65.4
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 October 2,240 2,239 2,182 2,181 58 58 1,081 1,081 67.5 67.4 65.7 65.7
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 November 2,242 2,240 2,184 2,182 58 58 1,080 1,082 67.5 67.4 65.7 65.7
Men 45 to 74 years 2021 December 2,240 2,243 2,184 2,183 57 60 1,080 1,078 67.5 67.5 65.8 65.7
Men 45 to 74 years 2022 January 2,240 2,242 2,181 2,186 59 56 1,078 1,076 67.5 67.6 65.7 65.9
Men 45 to 74 years 2022 February 2,241 2,237 2,184 2,185 57 52 1,075 1,079 67.6 67.5 65.9 65.9
Men 45 to 74 years 2022 March 2,248 2,248 2,196 2,199 51 49 1,066 1,066 67.8 67.8 66.3 66.3
Men 45 to 74 years 2022 April 2,254 2,256 2,204 2,210 49 46 1,058 1,056 68.0 68.1 66.6 66.7
Women 15 to 74 years 2021 May 4,541 4,539 4,333 4,327 208 213 2,022 2,024 69.2 69.2 66.0 65.9
Women 15 to 74 years 2021 June 4,586 4,569 4,378 4,364 208 205 1,975 1,992 69.9 69.6 66.7 66.5
Women 15 to 74 years 2021 July 4,577 4,575 4,388 4,374 189 201 1,981 1,983 69.8 69.8 66.9 66.7
Women 15 to 74 years 2021 August 4,599 4,588 4,403 4,381 196 207 1,957 1,968 70.1 70.0 67.2 66.8
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 in this table are final.

Changes as of 19 May 2022:
The figures for April 2022 are added.
Figures for the first quarter 2022 have been corrected. Accidentally incorrect population numbers were used to calculate the gross and net labour participation and people not in the labour force.

Changes as of 20 January 2022:
The figures for December, 4th quarter and years 2021 are added.
Due to changes in the research design and the questionnaire of the Dutch Labour Force Survey (LFS), a revision of the figures has been made for the reporting years 2003 to 2021.
For more information about this revision, see section 3. Links to relevant tables and articles

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.