Over 297 thousand individuals aged under 64 claimed welfare benefits at the end of 2008. One in twelve of them found a job in 2009. How many welfare claimants find jobs differs from one municipality to another. It depends on the local job market, the availability of seasonal or other short-term jobs, and municipal policy on re-integrating and activating welfare claimants.
The largest change from welfare to work was found in municipalities with more than 50 thousand inhabitants: Terneuzen ((18 percent), Roosendaal ((15 percent) and Leeuwarden ((14 percent). The lowest change from welfare to work, relatively speaking was found in the municipalities Hilversum (6 percent), Amsterdam ((5 percent) and Westland ((4 percent). Among the major cities Rotterdam had the highest number of people who found a job after welfare, namely 9 percent.
From welfare to work in 2009, individuals aged under 65
Antoinette van Poeijer