Labour participation; attachment to the labour market

Labour participation; attachment to the labour market

Sex Personal characteristics Periods Not employed labour force Not in the labour force Not seeking work, not available Doesn’t want to or can’t work Because of family/household care (x 1.000)
Total male and female Total persons 2020 2nd quarter 196
Total male and female Age: 15 to 24 years 2020 2nd quarter 7
Total male and female Age: 25 to 44 years 2020 2nd quarter 71
Total male and female Age: 25 to 34 years 2020 2nd quarter 28
Total male and female Age: 35 to 44 years 2020 2nd quarter 44
Total male and female Age: 45 to 74 years 2020 2nd quarter 118
Total male and female Age: 45 to 54 years 2020 2nd quarter 41
Total male and female Age: 55 to 64 years 2020 2nd quarter 56
Total male and female Age: 65 to 74 years 2020 2nd quarter 21
Total male and female Level of educ: 1. Low 2020 2nd quarter 88
Total male and female Level of educ: 2 Intermediate 2020 2nd quarter 63
Total male and female Level of educ: 3 High 2020 2nd quarter 38
Total male and female Level of educ: unknown 2020 2nd quarter 8
Male Total persons 2020 2nd quarter 9
Male Age: 15 to 24 years 2020 2nd quarter 1
Male Age: 25 to 44 years 2020 2nd quarter 2
Male Age: 25 to 34 years 2020 2nd quarter 1
Male Age: 35 to 44 years 2020 2nd quarter 1
Male Age: 45 to 74 years 2020 2nd quarter 7
Male Age: 45 to 54 years 2020 2nd quarter 2
Male Age: 55 to 64 years 2020 2nd quarter 2
Male Age: 65 to 74 years 2020 2nd quarter 3
Male Level of educ: 1. Low 2020 2nd quarter 3
Male Level of educ: 2 Intermediate 2020 2nd quarter 4
Male Level of educ: 3 High 2020 2nd quarter 2
Male Level of educ: unknown 2020 2nd quarter 0
Female Total persons 2020 2nd quarter 187
Female Age: 15 to 24 years 2020 2nd quarter 6
Female Age: 25 to 44 years 2020 2nd quarter 70
Female Age: 25 to 34 years 2020 2nd quarter 27
Female Age: 35 to 44 years 2020 2nd quarter 42
Female Age: 45 to 74 years 2020 2nd quarter 111
Female Age: 45 to 54 years 2020 2nd quarter 38
Female Age: 55 to 64 years 2020 2nd quarter 54
Female Age: 65 to 74 years 2020 2nd quarter 19
Female Level of educ: 1. Low 2020 2nd quarter 85
Female Level of educ: 2 Intermediate 2020 2nd quarter 60
Female Level of educ: 3 High 2020 2nd quarter 35
Female Level of educ: unknown 2020 2nd quarter 8
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains quarterly and yearly figures on the attachment of people to the labour market in the Netherlands. The population of 15 to 74 years of age (excluding the institutionalized population) is divided into the employed labour force and the not employed labour force. The employed labour force is subdivided on the basis of whether they want to work more or not. The not employed labour force is subdivided into the unemployed and those not in the labour force. The unemployed labour force is subdivided on the basis of the desired hours of work. Those not in the labour force are subdivided based on the search and availability criteria. A division by age, sex 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

Not employed labour force
People who don't 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. The non-employed population consists of the unemployed labour force and the people not in the labour force. Paid work is regardless of the hours worked.
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 seeking work, not available
Person is not directly available for work and also hasn’t recently looked for work.
Doesn’t want to or can’t work
Person is not directly available for work, hasn’t recently looked for work and also doesn’t want to or can’t have paid work.
Because of family/household care
Person is not directly available for work, hasn’t recently looked for work and also doesn’t want to or can’t have paid work because of the care for family or household.