Unemployment continues to fall

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), unemployment declined by an average of 8 thousand per month over the previous three months and stood at 456 thousand (5.1 percent of the labour force) in April. The number of people in paid employment grew by an average of 9 thousand per month over the months February to April. At the end of April, the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) paid 401 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
"17 J480419
"17 F473416
"17 M463415
"17 A456401

UWV: sharp drop in number of unemployment benefits

In April 2017, UWV reported a total number of 401 thousand current unemployment (WW(-1.5 percent) was seen in the age group 55 years and over. Broken down by sector, only the number of unemployment benefits in banking (0.1 percent) remained more or less stable compared to March. Other sectors showed falling numbers of benefits. The sharpest drop was recorded in the temporary employment sector, a sector which employs many young people (-8.6 percent).

At the end of April, the number of unemployment benefits was nearly 60 thousand lower than one year previously (-12.8 percent). In the age group 55 years or older the decrease was below the average trend with -7.2 percent.

UWV: far fewer new benefits than last year

In the first four months of this year, UWV provided 148 thousand new unemployment benefits, i.e. 21 percent down from the same period last year. Year-on-year, the number of new benefits decreased in nearly all sectors. The sharpest drop was seen in the sector health care and welfare, particularly in home care (-41.8 percent) and in construction (-38.6 percent). However, the banking sector and the metal industry recorded a rise in number of new benefits this year with 27.7 percent and 5.4 percent respectively. The number of benefits in the banking sector among the group aged 50 years and over increased by almost half (49.8 percent).

Job losses below pre-crisis level

Unemployment has fallen for three consecutive years as more unemployed people found work than workers became unemployed. In April 2017, there were 120 thousand people in employment who were still unemployed three months previously. In the same period, 77 thousand people who were still employed three months previously had become unemployed.

The number of job losses amounted to 77 thousand in April, i.e. the lowest level recorded since the onset of the economic crisis. In March 2008, there were 80 thousand unemployed who were still in paid employment three months previously.

Labour market flows; changes to 3 months previously
 Employed to unemployedUnemployed to employed
2007 J87110
2007 F86107
2007 M85107
2007 A84108
2007 M83108
2007 J90107
2007 J94104
2007 A95108
2007 S98106
2007 O91107
2007 N87101
2007 D85100
2008 J85100
2008 F82102
2008 M8098
2008 A8298
2008 M8592
2008 J8591
2008 J8290
2008 A8290
2008 S9292
2008 O9186
2008 N9786
2008 D10388
2009 J10590
2009 F10791
2009 M11094
2009 A11894
2009 M12294
2009 J12693
2009 J12994
2009 A13098
2009 S13294
2009 O12894
2009 N13193
2009 D12993
2010 J13093
2010 F12997
2010 M12299
2010 A112105
2010 M112109
2010 J111112
2010 J111108
2010 A111109
2010 S110112
2010 O114114
2010 N114112
2010 D118108
2011 J118107
2011 F113105
2011 M109105
2011 A108104
2011 M11198
2011 J111101
2011 J11597
2011 A111102
2011 S108101
2011 O109102
2011 N115103
2011 D113110
2012 J118111
2012 F114114
2012 M121111
2012 A120112
2012 M115111
2012 J110111
2012 J113114
2012 A113113
2012 S117111
2012 O112112
2012 N123112
2012 D130112
2013 J135109
2013 F140113
2013 M138114
2013 A136117
2013 M135115
2013 J130114
2013 J135113
2013 A132116
2013 S132120
2013 O127128
2013 N125131
2013 D133127
2014 J145128
2014 F149126
2014 M145125
2014 A130122
2014 M122127
2014 J119135
2014 J113136
2014 A110138
2014 S106133
2014 O102134
2014 N106133
2014 D106128
2015 J108131
2015 F107133
2015 M106139
2015 A110141
2015 M103136
2015 J103138
2015 J99140
2015 A105141
2015 S106134
2015 O110129
2015 N103130
2015 D100126
2016 J97130
2016 F103124
2016 M95119
2016 A94119
2016 M91129
2016 J89131
2016 J89132
2016 A86131
2016 S87127
2016 O82124
2016 N84120
2016 D82122
2017 J83120
2017 F85123
2017 M82120
2017 A77120

The decline in unemployment was tempered by a growing labour force. The number of job seekers who could not find work (171 thousand over the past three months) exceeded the number of people who gave up looking for work (152 thousand).

Labour market flows

More people in employment

There are 12.8 million people in the Netherlands in the age category 15-74 years. In April, 66.4 percent of them were in paid employment. This is equivalent to 8.5 million people (nearly 4.6 million men and 4 million women). Over the past three months, the number of people in paid employment has grown by an average of 9 thousand per month.

Altogether, 4.3 million people aged 15-74 are not in paid employment; 456 thousand of them are unemployed and nearly 3.9 million are not looking or not 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
"17 J89918511
"17 F89778504
"17 M89938530
"17 A89958539

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