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 2021
Total sex 15 to 24 years 2021
Total sex 25 to 44 years 2021
Total sex 45 to 74 years 2021
Men 15 to 74 years 2021
Men 15 to 24 years 2021
Men 25 to 44 years 2021
Men 45 to 74 years 2021
Women 15 to 74 years 2021
Women 15 to 24 years 2021
Women 25 to 44 years 2021
Women 45 to 74 years 2021
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:
All the figures in this table are final.

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.
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.