In the period December 2009–February 2010, seasonally adjusted unemployment stood at 441 thousand, an increase by 5 thousand compared to the period November 2009–January 2010.
Unemployment was 126 thousand up on the period December 2008–February 2009. Male unemployment increased by 76 thousand, female unemployment by 51 thousand. Unemployment increased across all age groups among both genders.
On average, 5.7 percent of the total Dutch labour force were unemployed, as against 4.1 percent one year previously. Unemployment rates for the male and female labour force were 5.5 and 5.9 percent respectively. The highest unemployment rate was recorded among men aged between 15 and 25, of whom 12.1 percent were jobless.
Seasonally adjusted unemployment