Sustained decline unemployment

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), unemployment declined by an average of 6 thousand a month over the past three months and stood at 463 thousand (5.1 percent of the labour force) in March. The number of people with paid jobs has grown by an average of 14 thousand a month during the past three months. At the end of March, the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) paid 415 thousand unemployment benefits.

Unemployed and unemployment benefits
 Unemployed (15-74 yrs seasonally adjusted)Unemployment benefits (15 yrs-retirement age)
2009 J326183
2009 F334191
2009 M342198
2009 A361207
2009 M367220
2009 J374239
2009 J391259
2009 A398270
2009 S408278
2009 O412289
2009 N423297
2009 D434309
2010 J444323
2010 F443329
2010 M440318
2010 A432309
2010 M434300
2010 J434289
2010 J438285
2010 A437281
2010 S433270
2010 O429263
2010 N431264
2010 D433272
2011 J430284
2011 F425280
2011 M413270
2011 A411261
2011 M414256
2011 J409252
2011 J425254
2011 A427256
2011 S442252
2011 O458253
2011 N474258
2011 D473270
2012 J486292
2012 F482299
2012 M487296
2012 A502292
2012 M501291
2012 J502291
2012 J518298
2012 A517304
2012 S530304
2012 O539310
2012 N554322
2012 D572340
2013 J589369
2013 F601377
2013 M619380
2013 A625380
2013 M632378
2013 J648382
2013 J666395
2013 A670399
2013 S675400
2013 O680408
2013 N677419
2013 D687438
2014 J691460
2014 F699460
2014 M692454
2014 A684443
2014 M672436
2014 J656431
2014 J648437
2014 A637430
2014 S630420
2014 O632419
2014 N635425
2014 D643441
2015 J645458
2015 F633455
2015 M626443
2015 A625427
2015 M617416
2015 J611410
2015 J603420
2015 A604420
2015 S609417
2015 O616421
2015 N596427
2015 D588446
2016 J574465
2016 F581469
2016 M574470
2016 A572461
2016 M560448
2016 J550438
2016 J541432
2016 A521427
2016 S510424
2016 O502420
2016 N499410
2016 D482412
2017 J480419
2017 F473416
2017 M463415

UWV: increase among young claimants, decrease among over-55s

The number of current unemployment benefits stood at 415 thousand in March 2017 i.e. a decline by 1 thousand (-0.3 percent) relative to February. The number of young benefit claimants grew by 1 percent, the number of benefits also rose marginally (+0.7 percent) among 25-34-year-olds. In the older age categories the number of benefits declined in March, in particular among over-55s (-0.8 percent). Broken down by sector, the number of unemployment benefits decreased most in agriculture (-5.1 percent) and construction (-3.8 percent). More unemployment benefits were granted in the sector multiple stores and in the banking sector: 4.1 and 2.5 percent respectively.

UWV: fewer new benefits in sectors health care and construction

In the first quarter of this year, UWV provided 124 thousand new unemployment benefits, 18.4 percent down from the same period last year. In all professional groups, the number of new benefits declined in Q1. In health care and welfare the decline was above average (37.7 percent). Fewer homecare workers applied for unemployment benefits (-43.7 percent) and with 36.5 percent, the decline in the construction sector was also above average. The number of carpenters applying for unemployment benefits fell by no less than 46.7 percent.

More women than men find work

The number of working women is rising more rapidly than the number of working men. In the past three months the increase among women averaged 11 thousand a month, versus 4 thousand a month for men.

The labour participation rate has grown since the spring of 2014. Employment among women rose from 59.2 to 61.6 percent in March. The female participation rate is almost back at the high level recorded in early 2009, when 62 percent of women were employed. Employment among men rose from 69.2 to over 71 percent, which is still considerably below the high level of early 2009 (74.7 percent).

Female employment increased noticeably among over-45s. This is partly due to the fact that in the younger generations more women are employed than in the older generations. Of course, these younger generations grow older and become part of the over-45 age category.

Net labour participation rate by gender (seasonally adjusted)
 MenWomen
2009 J74.761.8
2009 F74.662
2009 M74.462
2009 A74.261.7
2009 M7461.7
2009 J73.861.5
2009 J73.661.4
2009 A73.561.2
2009 S73.361.1
2009 O73.260.9
2009 N7360.8
2009 D72.960.8
2010 J72.760.8
2010 F72.460.8
2010 M72.260.7
2010 A72.361
2010 M72.361.2
2010 J72.361
2010 J72.461.1
2010 A72.361
2010 S72.261.1
2010 O72.361.2
2010 N72.261.3
2010 D72.261.3
2011 J71.961.2
2011 F71.761.4
2011 M71.661.1
2011 A71.461.2
2011 M71.361.1
2011 J71.661.3
2011 J71.561
2011 A71.661.1
2011 S7261.2
2011 O7261.3
2011 N7261.4
2011 D72.161.6
2012 J7261.4
2012 F71.961.4
2012 M71.761.3
2012 A71.661.3
2012 M71.761.3
2012 J71.661.3
2012 J71.461.2
2012 A71.561.4
2012 S71.461.5
2012 O71.361.4
2012 N71.161.2
2012 D7161.1
2013 J70.761
2013 F70.560.9
2013 M70.560.9
2013 A70.460.8
2013 M70.160.8
2013 J70.160.7
2013 J7060.5
2013 A7060.5
2013 S70.160.5
2013 O70.360.4
2013 N70.160.3
2013 D69.959.8
2014 J7059.6
2014 F69.859.6
2014 M69.759.2
2014 A69.859.2
2014 M70.159.3
2014 J7059.3
2014 J70.159.4
2014 A70.259.6
2014 S70.259.8
2014 O70.559.9
2014 N70.460.1
2014 D70.460
2015 J70.460.3
2015 F70.460.3
2015 M70.360.3
2015 A70.360.4
2015 M70.360.5
2015 J70.360.5
2015 J70.460.4
2015 A70.560.5
2015 S70.460.3
2015 O70.560.2
2015 N70.560.1
2015 D70.560.3
2016 J70.660.3
2016 F70.560.4
2016 M70.560.5
2016 A70.760.8
2016 M70.560.9
2016 J70.660.8
2016 J70.761
2016 A70.861.1
2016 S70.961.2
2016 O71.161.1
2016 N71.161.1
2016 D71.161.2
2017 J71.361.4
2017 F7161.5
2017 M71.261.6

More people find work

There are 12.8 million people in the Netherlands in the age category 15-74. In March, 66.4 percent of them were in paid employment. This age category includes 8.5 million people (4.6 million men and 3.9 million women). Over the past three months, the number of people in paid employment has grown by an average of 14 thousand a month.

Altogether, 4.3 million people aged 15-74 do not have paid work; 463 thousand of them are unemployed and nearly 3.9 million are not looking or immediately available for work.
With 2.2 million, women constitute the majority in the latter group.

Total and working labour force (15-74 years, seasonally adjusted)
 TotalEmployed
2009 J87558429
2009 F87738439
2009 M87748432
2009 A87648403
2009 M87588391
2009 J87468371
2009 J87418350
2009 A87328334
2009 S87328325
2009 O87198307
2009 N87108287
2009 D87198285
2010 J87178273
2010 F87038260
2010 M86848244
2010 A87028270
2010 M87168282
2010 J87048270
2010 J87218283
2010 A87158278
2010 S87128279
2010 O87188289
2010 N87288298
2010 D87308297
2011 J87048274
2011 F87028277
2011 M86678253
2011 A86638252
2011 M86558240
2011 J86778268
2011 J86748249
2011 A86938267
2011 S87408299
2011 O87688309
2011 N87948320
2011 D88108337
2012 J88098323
2012 F88048322
2012 M88028316
2012 A88198317
2012 M88298329
2012 J88298327
2012 J88348317
2012 A88648347
2012 S88818352
2012 O88888349
2012 N88868332
2012 D88978325
2013 J88938304
2013 F88948294
2013 M89128293
2013 A89068281
2013 M89038270
2013 J89118263
2013 J89128247
2013 A89198249
2013 S89348259
2013 O89518271
2013 N89378260
2013 D89018214
2014 J88968205
2014 F88948195
2014 M88538161
2014 A88558171
2014 M88648192
2014 J88468190
2014 J88548206
2014 A88588222
2014 S88578227
2014 O88938261
2014 N89018266
2014 D89018258
2015 J89248279
2015 F89118278
2015 M89028276
2015 A89098285
2015 M89128295
2015 J89108299
2015 J89028299
2015 A89108307
2015 S89088300
2015 O89168300
2015 N88958299
2015 D88988310
2016 J88928318
2016 F89058324
2016 M89128338
2016 A89468374
2016 M89358375
2016 J89418391
2016 J89558413
2016 A89538432
2016 S89588448
2016 O89658463
2016 N89658466
2016 D89698487
2017 J89918511
2017 F89778504
2017 M89938530

More unemployed find work

Unemployment is falling mainly because the people who find work outnumber those who become unemployed. Over the past three months, 120 thousand previously employed individuals became unemployed. In the same period, 82 thousand individuals who were still employed three months ago became unemployed. The decline in unemployment was slightly tempered as the number of job seekers who could not find work (171 thousand) was higher than the number of people who gave up looking for work altogether (152 thousand).

Labour market flows

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