Employment; economic activity, quarterly, National Accounts


This table provides data about the employment of employees and self-employed persons. It contains annual and quarterly data on employed persons, jobs, and hours worked. The seasonal adjusted time series are also available in this table.

Data available from: 1995 first quarter

Status of the figures:
Data from 1995 up to and including 2016 are final. Data of 2017 and further are provisional.

Changes as of June 5th 2020:
The hours worked of the first estimate of the first quarter 2020 have been added to the table. The method to estimate the hours worked of employees differs from the usual method. Due to the COVID-19 crisis the hours worked suddenly decreased sharply in certain industries. The regular data sources did not provide sufficient information to capture the decrease in hours worked. To properly incorporate the decrease of the hours worked in our quarterly estimate, the Labor Force Survey (LFS) is used as an additional source. March is estimated using growth rates from the LFS. The growth rates are applied in (parts of) the industries in which the effect of the corona crisis is substantial. For the self-employed, the use of growth rates from the LFS is the usual method.

When will new figures be published?
The preliminary estimate (flash estimate) of a quarter is released within 45 days. The second estimate is published after 85 days. At the second estimate of the fourth quarter, data of the previous three quarters will also be revised.

Employment; economic activity, quarterly, National Accounts

Employment type Sector/branches (SIC 2008) Periods Employed personsEmployed persons (x 1,000) Employed personsEmployed persons seasonal adjusted (x 1,000) JobsJobs (x 1,000) JobsJobs seasonal adjusted (x 1,000) Hours workedHours worked (million hours) Hours workedHours worked seasonal adjusted (million hours) Change on corresponding period (y/y)Employed persons (x 1 000) Change on corresponding period (y/y)Jobs (x 1 000) Change on previous period (q/q)Employed persons seasonal adjusted (x 1 000) Change on previous period (q/q)Jobs seasonal adjusted (x 1 000)
Total A-U All economic activities 2018 1st quarter* 9,224 9,294 10,339 10,422 3,388 3,342 242 274 62 71
Total A-U All economic activities 2018 2nd quarter* 9,353 9,343 10,506 10,478 3,270 3,364 218 243 49 55
Total A-U All economic activities 2018 3rd quarter* 9,438 9,399 10,573 10,541 3,220 3,407 238 276 56 63
Total A-U All economic activities 2018 4th quarter* 9,449 9,443 10,587 10,582 3,529 3,405 200 217 44 41
Total A-U All economic activities 2018* 9,367 10,502 13,408 224 252
Total A-U All economic activities 2019 1st quarter* 9,441 9,498 10,570 10,637 3,445 3,429 217 230 54 55
Total A-U All economic activities 2019 2nd quarter* 9,547 9,526 10,708 10,670 3,384 3,442 194 202 28 33
Total A-U All economic activities 2019 3rd quarter* 9,556 9,545 10,705 10,701 3,271 3,427 118 132 19 31
Total A-U All economic activities 2019 4th quarter* 9,613 9,583 10,776 10,750 3,577 3,456 164 189 38 49
Total A-U All economic activities 2019* 9,540 10,690 13,676 173 188
Total A-U All economic activities 2020 1st quarter* 9,538 9,598 10,705 10,773 3,438 3,383 97 135 15 23
Total C Manufacturing 2018 1st quarter* 776 777 804 806 329 319 10 8 3 3
Total C Manufacturing 2018 2nd quarter* 785 783 816 813 312 323 15 15 7 8
Total C Manufacturing 2018 3rd quarter* 787 789 819 820 302 324 16 18 6 7
Total C Manufacturing 2018 4th quarter* 794 794 826 825 341 329 20 22 4 5
Total C Manufacturing 2018* 786 816 1,284 15 16
Total C Manufacturing 2019 1st quarter* 801 801 833 833 339 332 26 30 8 8
Total C Manufacturing 2019 2nd quarter* 804 803 837 835 323 331 19 21 2 1
Total C Manufacturing 2019 3rd quarter* 801 803 831 835 313 332 13 12 1 0
Total C Manufacturing 2019 4th quarter* 810 805 841 837 346 335 15 15 2 2
Total C Manufacturing 2019* 804 835 1,322 18 19
Total C Manufacturing 2020 1st quarter* 803 804 836 837 336 325 2 3 -1 0
Employees A-U All economic activities 2018 1st quarter* 7,685 7,759 8,187 8,272 2,728 2,661 224 241 61 67
Employees A-U All economic activities 2018 2nd quarter* 7,824 7,803 8,361 8,318 2,584 2,688 216 233 44 46
Employees A-U All economic activities 2018 3rd quarter* 7,881 7,855 8,393 8,375 2,549 2,713 211 227 52 57
Employees A-U All economic activities 2018 4th quarter* 7,924 7,898 8,442 8,419 2,811 2,720 202 216 43 44
Employees A-U All economic activities 2018* 7,829 8,347 10,671 213 229
Employees A-U All economic activities 2019 1st quarter* 7,879 7,952 8,393 8,478 2,780 2,744 194 206 55 60
Employees A-U All economic activities 2019 2nd quarter* 8,005 7,984 8,554 8,511 2,687 2,756 181 193 32 33
Employees A-U All economic activities 2019 3rd quarter* 8,029 8,005 8,550 8,534 2,623 2,758 148 156 20 22
Employees A-U All economic activities 2019 4th quarter* 8,062 8,033 8,589 8,562 2,859 2,771 138 147 28 28
Employees A-U All economic activities 2019* 7,994 8,522 10,950 165 175
Employees A-U All economic activities 2020 1st quarter* 7,963 8,036 8,481 8,565 2,787 2,713 84 88 3 3
Employees C Manufacturing 2018 1st quarter* 733 735 747 749 305 295 12 12 3 3
Employees C Manufacturing 2018 2nd quarter* 742 740 756 754 286 298 15 15 5 5
Employees C Manufacturing 2018 3rd quarter* 744 745 757 759 279 299 16 16 5 5
Employees C Manufacturing 2018 4th quarter* 750 748 764 762 312 302 17 17 3 3
Employees C Manufacturing 2018* 742 756 1,182 15 15
Employees C Manufacturing 2019 1st quarter* 754 756 768 770 311 304 21 21 7 8
Employees C Manufacturing 2019 2nd quarter* 760 758 775 773 297 305 18 18 3 3
Employees C Manufacturing 2019 3rd quarter* 758 760 772 774 289 306 15 15 1 1
Employees C Manufacturing 2019 4th quarter* 762 761 777 775 316 306 13 13 1 1
Employees C Manufacturing 2019* 759 773 1,213 16 17
Employees C Manufacturing 2020 1st quarter* 757 759 772 774 310 300 4 4 -1 -1
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2018 1st quarter* 1,538 1,535 2,153 2,151 660 681 18 33 1 4
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2018 2nd quarter* 1,529 1,541 2,145 2,160 687 677 1 9 6 10
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2018 3rd quarter* 1,557 1,545 2,180 2,166 672 694 27 50 4 6
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2018 4th quarter* 1,525 1,546 2,145 2,164 718 685 -3 1 1 -3
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2018* 1,537 2,155 2,737 11 23
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2019 1st quarter* 1,562 1,545 2,177 2,159 665 686 23 24 0 -5
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2019 2nd quarter* 1,542 1,541 2,154 2,158 697 687 12 9 -4 0
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2019 3rd quarter* 1,527 1,540 2,156 2,167 647 669 -30 -24 -1 8
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2019 4th quarter* 1,551 1,551 2,187 2,188 717 684 27 43 10 21
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2019* 1,545 2,168 2,727 8 13
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2020 1st quarter* 1,575 1,562 2,224 2,208 651 671 13 48 11 20
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2018 1st quarter* 43 42 57 57 23 24 -2 -5 0 0
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2018 2nd quarter* 44 43 60 59 26 25 0 0 1 2
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2018 3rd quarter* 44 44 62 62 23 25 0 2 1 2
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2018 4th quarter* 45 45 62 63 29 27 3 5 1 2
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2018* 44 60 102 0 1
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2019 1st quarter* 48 46 66 64 28 28 5 9 0 0
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2019 2nd quarter* 44 45 62 62 26 26 1 3 -1 -1
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2019 3rd quarter* 42 44 59 61 24 27 -1 -3 -1 -1
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2019 4th quarter* 47 44 64 62 31 28 3 2 0 1
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2019* 45 63 109 2 2
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2020 1st quarter* 46 45 64 63 26 26 -2 -1 1 1
Source: CBS.
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