In August 2010, seasonally adjusted unemployment in the Netherlands stood at 414 thousand, a decline by 12 thousand relative to July. Unemployment has decreased for six months now. When unemployment peaked in February, 452 thousand persons were jobless.
In August, unemployment was still 16 thousand higher than one year previously. With 20 thousand, the most substantial increase was recorded in the age category 45-64, but unemployment also grew in the age category 25-44.On the other hand, unemployment dropped by 9 thousand relative to one year previously among young people in the age category 15-24.
On average, 4.9 percent of the total Dutch labour force were unemployed in August. With 10.0 percent, the unemployment rate was highest in the age category 15-24. Over 4 percent of the labour force in the age category 25-64 were unemployed.
Seasonally adjusted unemployment