Labour participation; attachment to the labour market, 2003-2022

Labour participation; attachment to the labour market, 2003-2022

Sex Personal characteristics Periods Not employed labour force Unemployed labour force Desired hours of work Part-time Part-time (x 1.000) Not employed labour force Unemployed labour force Desired hours of work Part-time 20 to 34 hours a week (x 1.000)
Total male and female Total persons 2022 1st quarter 245 129
Total male and female Age: 15 to 24 years 2022 1st quarter 105 24
Total male and female Age: 25 to 44 years 2022 1st quarter 72 58
Total male and female Age: 25 to 34 years 2022 1st quarter 44 36
Total male and female Age: 35 to 44 years 2022 1st quarter 28 22
Total male and female Age: 45 to 74 years 2022 1st quarter 68 48
Total male and female Age: 45 to 54 years 2022 1st quarter 21 17
Total male and female Age: 55 to 64 years 2022 1st quarter 32 26
Total male and female Age: 65 to 74 years 2022 1st quarter 15 5
Total male and female Level of educ: 1. Low 2022 1st quarter 82 25
Total male and female Level of educ: 2 Intermediate 2022 1st quarter 95 54
Total male and female Level of educ: 3 High 2022 1st quarter 67 50
Total male and female Level of educ: unknown 2022 1st quarter 1 1
Male Total persons 2022 1st quarter 103 52
Male Age: 15 to 24 years 2022 1st quarter 52 12
Male Age: 25 to 44 years 2022 1st quarter 26 21
Male Age: 25 to 34 years 2022 1st quarter 18 13
Male Age: 35 to 44 years 2022 1st quarter 8 7
Male Age: 45 to 74 years 2022 1st quarter 25 19
Male Age: 45 to 54 years 2022 1st quarter 4 4
Male Age: 55 to 64 years 2022 1st quarter 12 12
Male Age: 65 to 74 years 2022 1st quarter 9 4
Male Level of educ: 1. Low 2022 1st quarter 40 11
Male Level of educ: 2 Intermediate 2022 1st quarter 36 20
Male Level of educ: 3 High 2022 1st quarter 26 20
Male Level of educ: unknown 2022 1st quarter 0 0
Female Total persons 2022 1st quarter 142 77
Female Age: 15 to 24 years 2022 1st quarter 53 11
Female Age: 25 to 44 years 2022 1st quarter 46 37
Female Age: 25 to 34 years 2022 1st quarter 26 23
Female Age: 35 to 44 years 2022 1st quarter 20 14
Female Age: 45 to 74 years 2022 1st quarter 43 29
Female Age: 45 to 54 years 2022 1st quarter 16 13
Female Age: 55 to 64 years 2022 1st quarter 20 14
Female Age: 65 to 74 years 2022 1st quarter 6 2
Female Level of educ: 1. Low 2022 1st quarter 42 13
Female Level of educ: 2 Intermediate 2022 1st quarter 59 34
Female Level of educ: 3 High 2022 1st quarter 40 30
Female Level of educ: unknown 2022 1st quarter 1 1
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.

Due to changes in the survey design and the questionnaire of the Labour Force Survey (LFS), a revision of the figures for 2021 was carried out in the first quarter of 2022.
As a result, the numbers of 2021 and later will not be comparable to the years 2003-2020.

Data available for 2003-2022

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

Changes as of August 17, 2022:
None, the table has been discontinued.

When will new figures be released?
Not applicable. This table has been replaced, see paragraph 3 for a link to the new table.

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.
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.

Desired hours of work
The number of hours someone wants to works in a normal or average working week.
Part-time
Person wants to work part-time, up to 35 hours a week.
Part-time
Person wants to work part-time, up to 35 hours a week.
20 to 34 hours a week
Person wants to work part-time, 20 to 34 hours a week.