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 2021 3rd quarter .
Total male and female Age: 15 to 24 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Total male and female Age: 25 to 44 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Total male and female Age: 25 to 34 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Total male and female Age: 35 to 44 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Total male and female Age: 45 to 74 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Total male and female Age: 45 to 54 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Total male and female Age: 55 to 64 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Total male and female Age: 65 to 74 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Total male and female Level of educ: 1. Low 2021 3rd quarter .
Total male and female Level of educ: 2 Intermediate 2021 3rd quarter .
Total male and female Level of educ: 3 High 2021 3rd quarter .
Total male and female Level of educ: unknown 2021 3rd quarter .
Male Total persons 2021 3rd quarter .
Male Age: 15 to 24 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Male Age: 25 to 44 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Male Age: 25 to 34 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Male Age: 35 to 44 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Male Age: 45 to 74 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Male Age: 45 to 54 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Male Age: 55 to 64 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Male Age: 65 to 74 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Male Level of educ: 1. Low 2021 3rd quarter .
Male Level of educ: 2 Intermediate 2021 3rd quarter .
Male Level of educ: 3 High 2021 3rd quarter .
Male Level of educ: unknown 2021 3rd quarter .
Female Total persons 2021 3rd quarter .
Female Age: 15 to 24 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Female Age: 25 to 44 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Female Age: 25 to 34 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Female Age: 35 to 44 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Female Age: 45 to 74 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Female Age: 45 to 54 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Female Age: 55 to 64 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Female Age: 65 to 74 years 2021 3rd quarter .
Female Level of educ: 1. Low 2021 3rd quarter .
Female Level of educ: 2 Intermediate 2021 3rd quarter .
Female Level of educ: 3 High 2021 3rd quarter .
Female Level of educ: unknown 2021 3rd quarter .
Source: CBS.
Explanation of symbols

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.

Due to a redesign of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) the planned update on the third quarter in November 2021 will be postponed to the first quarter of 2022. Because of the changes in the survey design and questionnaire the numbers on the whole of 2021 will then be revised. As a result, the numbers of 2021 will not be comparable to the previous years.

Data available from: 2003

Status of the figures:
The figures for 2021 in this table are final. However, due to changes in the survey design and the questionnaire, a revision of the 2021 figures will be implemented in the first quarter of 2022.

Changes as of November 16, 2021:
Due to a redesign of the Labor Force Survey (LFS), no new figures for the third quarter of 2021 will be published in 2021. The third quarter is therefore filled with dots.

When will new figures be released?
New figures will be published in the first quarter of 2022. Due to changes in the survey design and the questionnaire of the LFS, a revision of the figures will be implemented for 2021.

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.