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 2017 are final. Data of 2018 and further are provisional.

Changes as of June 24th 2020:
Data of 2017 up to and including 2019 have been revised. Data of the second estimate of the first quarter 2020 have been added to the table.
The method to estimate the hours worked of employees of the first quarter 2020 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* 9,254 9,319 10,404 10,474 3,418 3,363 257 307 70 81
Total A-U All economic activities 2018 2nd quarter* 9,385 9,373 10,569 10,539 3,277 3,379 232 274 54 65
Total A-U All economic activities 2018 3rd quarter* 9,464 9,431 10,634 10,606 3,235 3,431 250 306 58 67
Total A-U All economic activities 2018 4th quarter* 9,477 9,477 10,655 10,653 3,566 3,433 217 252 46 47
Total A-U All economic activities 2018* 9,396 10,566 13,496 239 285
Total A-U All economic activities 2019 1st quarter* 9,475 9,530 10,647 10,709 3,481 3,456 221 243 53 57
Total A-U All economic activities 2019 2nd quarter* 9,586 9,558 10,791 10,747 3,398 3,468 201 222 28 37
Total A-U All economic activities 2019 3rd quarter* 9,582 9,579 10,773 10,781 3,283 3,449 118 139 21 35
Total A-U All economic activities 2019 4th quarter* 9,657 9,621 10,878 10,836 3,624 3,491 180 223 42 55
Total A-U All economic activities 2019* 9,576 10,773 13,787 180 206
Total A-U All economic activities 2020 1st quarter* 9,574 9,638 10,784 10,859 3,480 3,415 99 137 17 22
Total C Manufacturing 2018 1st quarter* 778 778 807 808 331 320 12 10 4 4
Total C Manufacturing 2018 2nd quarter* 786 784 818 815 312 324 16 16 6 7
Total C Manufacturing 2018 3rd quarter* 787 789 819 822 302 325 15 18 5 7
Total C Manufacturing 2018 4th quarter* 794 793 827 827 342 330 20 23 4 5
Total C Manufacturing 2018* 786 818 1,287 16 17
Total C Manufacturing 2019 1st quarter* 803 802 835 835 340 332 25 28 8 8
Total C Manufacturing 2019 2nd quarter* 804 802 837 835 321 330 18 19 0 0
Total C Manufacturing 2019 3rd quarter* 798 802 829 835 311 331 11 9 0 0
Total C Manufacturing 2019 4th quarter* 808 804 840 836 346 334 14 13 2 2
Total C Manufacturing 2019* 803 835 1,319 17 17
Total C Manufacturing 2020 1st quarter* 804 803 838 837 338 326 2 2 0 0
Employees A-U All economic activities 2018 1st quarter* 7,687 7,759 8,189 8,272 2,741 2,666 226 243 64 67
Employees A-U All economic activities 2018 2nd quarter* 7,827 7,803 8,361 8,318 2,572 2,685 217 234 44 46
Employees A-U All economic activities 2018 3rd quarter* 7,877 7,853 8,390 8,373 2,546 2,716 208 223 50 55
Employees A-U All economic activities 2018 4th quarter* 7,923 7,899 8,446 8,422 2,828 2,728 206 220 46 49
Employees A-U All economic activities 2018* 7,829 8,347 10,686 214 230
Employees A-U All economic activities 2019 1st quarter* 7,882 7,954 8,397 8,480 2,792 2,748 195 208 55 58
Employees A-U All economic activities 2019 2nd quarter* 8,009 7,984 8,555 8,512 2,674 2,756 181 193 30 32
Employees A-U All economic activities 2019 3rd quarter* 8,024 8,003 8,546 8,533 2,621 2,761 148 156 19 21
Employees A-U All economic activities 2019 4th quarter* 8,060 8,033 8,592 8,564 2,877 2,778 137 146 30 31
Employees A-U All economic activities 2019* 7,994 8,523 10,964 165 175
Employees A-U All economic activities 2020 1st quarter* 7,968 8,039 8,486 8,569 2,805 2,722 86 89 6 4
Employees C Manufacturing 2018 1st quarter* 735 736 749 750 308 296 15 15 4 4
Employees C Manufacturing 2018 2nd quarter* 742 740 757 754 285 298 16 16 4 4
Employees C Manufacturing 2018 3rd quarter* 743 744 756 759 279 300 15 15 4 4
Employees C Manufacturing 2018 4th quarter* 748 748 763 762 313 303 16 16 3 4
Employees C Manufacturing 2018* 742 756 1,185 15 16
Employees C Manufacturing 2019 1st quarter* 756 756 770 771 313 305 20 21 8 9
Employees C Manufacturing 2019 2nd quarter* 760 758 775 773 296 306 18 18 2 2
Employees C Manufacturing 2019 3rd quarter* 757 759 772 774 289 307 15 15 1 1
Employees C Manufacturing 2019 4th quarter* 761 761 776 775 318 308 13 13 1 1
Employees C Manufacturing 2019* 759 773 1,216 16 17
Employees C Manufacturing 2020 1st quarter* 759 760 774 774 313 301 3 4 -1 -1
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2018 1st quarter* 1,567 1,560 2,215 2,201 678 697 32 64 6 13
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2018 2nd quarter* 1,558 1,570 2,207 2,221 705 693 15 40 11 19
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2018 3rd quarter* 1,587 1,578 2,244 2,233 689 715 42 83 7 12
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2018 4th quarter* 1,554 1,578 2,209 2,231 738 705 11 32 0 -2
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2018* 1,567 2,219 2,810 25 55
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2019 1st quarter* 1,593 1,576 2,251 2,229 689 708 26 35 -2 -1
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2019 2nd quarter* 1,577 1,574 2,236 2,235 724 712 20 28 -2 5
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2019 3rd quarter* 1,558 1,576 2,228 2,249 662 688 -29 -17 2 14
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2019 4th quarter* 1,597 1,588 2,286 2,272 748 713 43 77 12 24
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2019* 1,581 2,250 2,823 15 31
Self-employed A-U All economic activities 2020 1st quarter* 1,606 1,599 2,298 2,290 675 693 13 48 12 18
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2018 1st quarter* 43 42 58 58 24 24 -2 -5 0 0
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2018 2nd quarter* 44 44 61 61 26 26 0 0 2 3
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2018 3rd quarter* 44 45 63 63 24 25 0 3 1 3
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2018 4th quarter* 46 46 64 64 29 27 4 7 1 1
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2018* 44 61 102 1 1
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2019 1st quarter* 47 45 65 64 27 27 4 7 0 -1
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2019 2nd quarter* 44 44 62 62 25 24 0 1 -2 -2
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2019 3rd quarter* 40 42 57 61 23 24 -4 -6 -1 -1
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2019 4th quarter* 46 43 64 61 29 27 1 0 1 1
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2019* 44 62 103 0 0
Self-employed C Manufacturing 2020 1st quarter* 45 44 64 62 24 25 -2 -1 1 1
Source: CBS.
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