Unemployment marginally down

  • Unemployment down for the seventh month running
  • Fewer men unemployed than a year ago
  • Number of young job seekers growing
  • WW benefits down by 11 thousand

Adjusted for seasonal variation, 412 thousand persons were unemployed in September 2010, according to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands.

Figures published by the Institute for Implementation of Employees' Insurances (UWV) show that the number of job seekers as well as the number of unemployment (WW) benefits have decreased. At the same time, the number of young job seekers increased.

Number of unemployed further down

Seasonally adjusted unemployment dropped by 2 thousand in September. Unemployment has declined for six months now by an average of 6 thousand a month.

If seasonal effects are not taken into account, 396 thousand persons were unemployed in September, i.e. 7 thousand more than in the same month one year previously. Female unemployment was 18 thousand higher, male unemployment 11 thousand lower than in September 2009.

Number of job seekers on the same level as a year ago

The UWV reports that the number of unemployed job seekers (nww) declined by more than 3 thousand in September and stood at 488 thousand, approximately the same as in September 2009. The number of job seekers in higher educational professions dropped further after an increase in the summer months. The number of people seeking technical jobs at lower and secondary level also fell. The number of young job seekers grew for the third consecutive month and rose by 1.5 percent to 42 thousand in September.

More WW benefits terminated than new ones granted

The number of current WW benefits dropped by more than 11 thousand in September to 270 thousand. Considerably more benefits were terminated (48 thousand) than new ones granted (36 thousand). The number of WW benefits terminated due to work resumption rose sharply relative to last month and also relative to September 2009.