Slower employment growth in Utrecht

The number of jobs of employees in the Netherlands rose by 195 thousand in 2000, 2.9% more than in 1999. In the provinces Flevoland, North Brabant, Overijssel and Friesland the increase in the number of jobs was larger than the national average. In Utrecht and Limburg growth was slower than average. For the province of Utrecht this is quite a surprise, as this province has always had one of the strongest growth rates since 1996. The sectors manufacturing, construction and commercial services in Utrecht have had slower growth rates than in the rest of the country.

Increase in jobs of employees per province, 2000

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Employment growth

Employment increased in all provinces. In South Holland, the province with the most jobs, employment grew by over 39 thousand jobs. This 2.7% increase was just under the national average. The largest relative growth in employment (+6%) was in Flevoland, which passed the 100 thousand mark. Together, South Holland, North Holland and North Brabant accounted for more than half of the total increase.

Core activity per region

The differences in the increase in jobs per province are not only caused by the size of the province, but also by differences in economic activity: aviation around Amsterdam, shipping in the coastal areas and natural gas in Groningen. These regional differences in economic activity are clear from the core activities per region.

Core activity COROP area

Duncan Beeckman