Dramatic rise in unemployment

In the period April–June 2009, seasonally adjusted unemployment stood at 368 thousand, an increase by 16 thousand relative to the period March–May.

In the period April–June, unemployment was 63 thousand up on the same period one year previously. Male unemployment increased by 50 thousand, female unemployment by 13 thousand. For both genders, the rise occurred across all age groups. The smallest increase was recorded in the 45 to 64 age bracket.

On average, 4.8 percent of the total Dutch labour force were unemployed. The highest unemployment rate was recorded among people aged between 15 and 25, of whom 11.4 percent were jobless. In the 25 to 45 age bracket, the rate was 4.0 percent and in the 45 to 65 age bracket 3.9 percent.

The unemployment rate among men was 4.4 percent and among women 5.3 percent. The gap between male and female unemployment has narrowed relative to one year previously.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment

Seasonally adjusted unemployment