Employment growth continues

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According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the number of people aged 15 to 74 in paid employment grew by an average of 18 thousand per month in the past three months to 8.6 million in July. In this age category, there were 4.3 million people in total who did not have paid work for a variety of reasons. Among these people, 436 thousand indicated that they had looked for work recently and are also immediately available. This number declined by 7 thousand per month on average over the past three months.

The other people without work, over 3.8 million, had not recently looked for work and/or were not available. Their number fell by an average of 4 thousand per month. The Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) reported a further decrease in unemployment (WW) benefits: a total of 364 thousand benefits were paid in July.

People (15-74 yrs) in paid employment, seasonally adjusted
 People in paid employment
2011 J8274
2011 F8277
2011 M8253
2011 A8252
2011 M8240
2011 J8268
2011 J8249
2011 A8267
2011 S8299
2011 O8309
2011 N8320
2011 D8337
2012 J8323
2012 F8322
2012 M8316
2012 A8317
2012 M8329
2012 J8327
2012 J8317
2012 A8347
2012 S8352
2012 O8349
2012 N8332
2012 D8325
2013 J8304
2013 F8294
2013 M8293
2013 A8281
2013 M8270
2013 J8263
2013 J8247
2013 A8249
2013 S8259
2013 O8271
2013 N8260
2013 D8214
2014 J8205
2014 F8195
2014 M8161
2014 A8171
2014 M8192
2014 J8190
2014 J8206
2014 A8222
2014 S8227
2014 O8261
2014 N8266
2014 D8258
2015 J8279
2015 F8278
2015 M8276
2015 A8285
2015 M8295
2015 J8299
2015 J8299
2015 A8307
2015 S8300
2015 O8300
2015 N8299
2015 D8310
2016 J8318
2016 F8324
2016 M8338
2016 A8374
2016 M8375
2016 J8391
2016 J8413
2016 A8432
2016 S8448
2016 O8463
2016 N8466
2016 D8487
"17 J8511
"17 F8504
"17 M8530
"17 A8539
"17 m8546
"17 J8564
"17 J8592

Decrease in unemployment (based on ILO definition)

To be able to compare cyclical developments in the labour market between countries, the unemployment indicator of the International Labour Organization (ILO) is often taken as a measure. According to ILO’s definition, the group of unemployed people includes all 15 to 74-year-olds who are without paid work but are actively looking and are immediately available. As indicated above, this number stood at 436 thousand in July, i.e. 4.8 percent of the labour force. In June, this was as much as 4.9 percent.

This figure does not include all people without work who would like to work, or part-timers who want to work more hours. People who would like to work but have not actively sought employment recently and/or were not immediately available do not count towards ILO’s unemployment definition. CBS defines these groups on the basis of additional indicators. With regard to paid work (employed labour force), working hours are not taken into consideration. CBS publishes quarterly figures on the number of hours worked by people in paid employment.

Unemployment indicator (ILO) and unemployment benefits
 Unemployment indicator (15-74 yrs seasonally adjusted)Unemployment benefits (15 yrs-retirement age)
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
"17 m456386
"17 J446372
"17 J436364

UWV: number of benefits continues to drop

In July, the number of current unemployment benefits decreased further. UWV reported a total number of 364 thousand benefits this month, i.e. a decrease of 8 thousand (-2.1 percent). The decline in number of benefits compared to June was sharper among men (-2.9 percent) than among women (-1.4 percent). The education sector recorded an increase in the number of unemployment benefits, i.e. 14.4 more than in June. Many temporary contracts of teachers expire at the end of the school year.

The number of benefits dropped substantially compared to July 2016 (-15.6 percent). Construction companies saw the sharpest decline relative to one year previously (-42.4 percent). However, the number of current unemployment benefits also declined in the education sector: 10.8 percent down from last year.

UWV: decrease in new benefits continues in 2017

In the first seven months of 2017, UWV provided 241 thousand new unemployment benefits: a decline of 19.7 percent compared to the same period in 2016. In nearly all sectors, the number of new benefits decreased year-on-year. The drop was highest in the sector construction (-48.0 percent) and multiple stores (-46.4 percent). The banking sector shows a different trend: the number of new benefits was up by 19.8 percent in the first seven months of 2017.

8.6 million people employed in Q2

Of the 12.9 million people aged 15 to 74 (in Q2), nearly 8.6 million people were in paid employment and 451 thousand were unemployed (ILO standard). These two groups together represent the labour force. The other part, nearly 3.9 million, is not included.
The majority of the latter group were not willing or not able to work (3.2 million), e.g. due to education or training, care for others, sickness or old age. In addition, there were over 200 thousand people who would like to work, but were not looking and not immediately available for work, for example people who follow a training course or do voluntary work. Furthermore, people either had looked for work (163 thousand) or were available for work (273 thousand).

labour force barometer

Part-time workers

Out of the 4.1 million part-time workers, there were 460 thousand people in Q2 2017 who wanted to work more hours and were also available. The number of extra hours that people would like to work provides more insight into the unused labour potential. In 2016, the total number of extra hours that part-timers would like to work amounted to 6.4 million per week (12.6 hours per person per week).

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