Labour participation; key figures

Labour participation; key figures

Sex Age Highest educational level Periods Labour force Unemployment rate (%) Gross labour participation rate (%) Net labour participation rate (%)
Total male and female 15 to 74 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 3.8 70.5 67.9
Total male and female 15 to 74 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 6.7 50.6 47.2
Total male and female 15 to 74 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 3.7 73.1 70.4
Total male and female 15 to 74 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 2.5 83.7 81.6
Total male and female 15 to 74 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter 2.8 60.1 58.4
Total male and female 15 to 24 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 9.5 66.9 60.6
Total male and female 15 to 24 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 11.6 60.5 53.5
Total male and female 15 to 24 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 8.3 71.9 66.0
Total male and female 15 to 24 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 6.6 75.1 70.1
Total male and female 15 to 24 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter . . .
Total male and female 15 to 64 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 3.8 80.3 77.3
Total male and female 15 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 6.9 63.4 59.0
Total male and female 15 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 3.7 81.6 78.6
Total male and female 15 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 2.5 90.7 88.4
Total male and female 15 to 64 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter 2.9 69.2 67.2
Total male and female 25 to 44 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 3.2 88.0 85.2
Total male and female 25 to 44 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 7.2 69.6 64.6
Total male and female 25 to 44 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 3.3 87.5 84.6
Total male and female 25 to 44 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 2.4 93.6 91.4
Total male and female 25 to 44 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter 2.2 72.5 70.9
Total male and female 25 to 34 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 3.6 88.8 85.6
Total male and female 25 to 34 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 9.0 71.8 65.3
Total male and female 25 to 34 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 4.2 87.0 83.3
Total male and female 25 to 34 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 2.4 94.1 91.8
Total male and female 25 to 34 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter . . .
Total male and female 35 to 44 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 2.7 87.2 84.8
Total male and female 35 to 44 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 5.6 67.8 64.0
Total male and female 35 to 44 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 2.4 88.1 86.0
Total male and female 35 to 44 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 2.4 93.1 90.9
Total male and female 35 to 44 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter . 70.9 69.0
Total male and female 45 to 54 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 2.1 86.2 84.4
Total male and female 45 to 54 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 3.4 69.8 67.4
Total male and female 45 to 54 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 1.8 87.7 86.1
Total male and female 45 to 54 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 1.9 93.6 91.8
Total male and female 45 to 54 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter 2.7 75.6 73.6
Total male and female 45 to 64 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 2.3 79.5 77.6
Total male and female 45 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 3.0 63.0 61.1
Total male and female 45 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 2.0 81.5 79.9
Total male and female 45 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 2.2 89.1 87.1
Total male and female 45 to 64 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter 2.8 69.0 67.0
Total male and female 45 to 74 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 2.3 60.6 59.2
Total male and female 45 to 74 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 2.9 40.5 39.3
Total male and female 45 to 74 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 2.1 64.5 63.1
Total male and female 45 to 74 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 2.3 75.0 73.2
Total male and female 45 to 74 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter 2.7 53.6 52.2
Total male and female 55 to 64 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 2.6 72.5 70.7
Total male and female 55 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 2.7 58.3 56.8
Total male and female 55 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 2.3 74.6 72.9
Total male and female 55 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 2.7 83.7 81.4
Total male and female 55 to 64 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter . 61.6 59.7
Total male and female 65 to 74 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 2.8 13.9 13.5
Total male and female 65 to 74 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 1.6 8.0 7.8
Total male and female 65 to 74 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 3.5 15.0 14.5
Total male and female 65 to 74 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 3.0 22.8 22.1
Total male and female 65 to 74 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter . 12.0 12.0
Total male and female 15 to 19 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 11.8 61.3 54.0
Total male and female 15 to 19 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 12.3 59.1 51.9
Total male and female 15 to 19 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 10.4 68.6 61.5
Total male and female 15 to 19 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter . . .
Total male and female 15 to 19 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter . . .
Total male and female 20 to 24 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 7.6 72.3 66.8
Total male and female 20 to 24 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 9.2 66.4 60.3
Total male and female 20 to 24 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 7.6 73.1 67.5
Total male and female 20 to 24 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 6.6 75.3 70.4
Total male and female 20 to 24 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter . . .
Total male and female 25 to 29 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 4.1 88.2 84.6
Total male and female 25 to 29 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 10.4 72.0 64.5
Total male and female 25 to 29 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 4.8 85.8 81.7
Total male and female 25 to 29 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 2.7 93.7 91.1
Total male and female 25 to 29 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter . . .
Total male and female 30 to 34 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 3.1 89.4 86.7
Total male and female 30 to 34 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 7.7 71.7 66.2
Total male and female 30 to 34 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 3.6 88.4 85.2
Total male and female 30 to 34 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 2.0 94.5 92.5
Total male and female 30 to 34 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter . . .
Total male and female 35 to 39 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 3.0 87.8 85.2
Total male and female 35 to 39 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 7.8 71.5 66.0
Total male and female 35 to 39 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 2.2 87.4 85.5
Total male and female 35 to 39 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 2.5 93.3 90.9
Total male and female 35 to 39 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter . . .
Total male and female 40 to 44 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 2.5 86.5 84.3
Total male and female 40 to 44 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 3.4 64.5 62.2
Total male and female 40 to 44 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 2.5 88.7 86.5
Total male and female 40 to 44 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 2.2 92.9 90.9
Total male and female 40 to 44 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter . . .
Total male and female 45 to 49 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 2.0 87.2 85.4
Total male and female 45 to 49 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 3.8 70.6 67.9
Total male and female 45 to 49 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 2.0 87.9 86.1
Total male and female 45 to 49 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 1.5 94.5 93.0
Total male and female 45 to 49 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter . . .
Total male and female 50 to 54 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 2.1 85.2 83.4
Total male and female 50 to 54 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 3.0 69.1 67.0
Total male and female 50 to 54 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 1.6 87.4 86.1
Total male and female 50 to 54 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 2.3 92.6 90.5
Total male and female 50 to 54 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter . . .
Total male and female 55 to 59 years Total 2020 2nd quarter 2.3 79.4 77.6
Total male and female 55 to 59 years 1 Lower education 2020 2nd quarter 2.6 65.2 63.5
Total male and female 55 to 59 years 2 Intermediate education 2020 2nd quarter 1.9 81.3 79.8
Total male and female 55 to 59 years 3 Higher education 2020 2nd quarter 2.3 89.1 87.0
Total male and female 55 to 59 years Unknown 2020 2nd quarter . . .
Source: CBS.
Explanation of symbols

Table description


This table contains quarterly and yearly figures on labour participation in the Netherlands. The population of 15 to 74 years of age (excluding the institutionalized population) is divided into the employed labour force, the unemployed labour force and those not in the labour force. The employed labour force is subdivided on the basis of the professional status, and the average working hours. A division by sex, age and level of education is available.

Data available from: 2003

Status of the figures:
The figures in this table are final.

Changes as of 14 August 2020:
The quarterly figures for the 2nd quarter 2020 are added.

Changes as of 14 November 2019:
The quarterly figures for the 3rd quarter 2019 are added.
The figures on the level of education in this table have been corrected for the period 2012 4th quarter – 2019 2nd quarter. It concerns a correction in the derivation of the level of education for people who obtained a diploma abroad with a level comparable to a bachelor degree (hbo). This group was incorrectly awarded the level of the basic vocational track (mbo2).

When will new figures be published?
Each quarter new figures will be published.

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.
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.
Gross labour participation rate
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.
Net labour participation rate
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.