In the third quarter of 2010 there were 17 thousand fewer jobs of employees than in the same quarter of 2009. Employment is gradually declining less. The number of jobs only fell by 0.2 percent in the third quarter, after falling 0.8 percent in the second.
In total there were nearly 7.9 million jobs of employees in the Netherlands in the third quarter of 2010. However, there were fewer full-time jobs than one year previously. Although the number of part-time jobs rose, it was not enough to compensate for the loss of full-time jobs. Converted to full-time equivalents, the number of jobs amounted to nearly 5.9 million, down 30 thousand on the third quarter of 2009.
Employment is subject to seasonal variation. After adjusting for seasonal effects, the number of jobs in the third quarter was up by 0.1 percent on the second quarter. Employment increased slightly for the second quarter in a row.
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