Labour and social security

Labour and social security

Between July and September 2018, the number of people aged 15 to 74 in paid employment grew by an average of 22 thousand per month. Total employment stood at more than 8.8 million in September. Unemployment declined by an average of 4 thousand per month to 343 thousand.

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has not changed in October compared to the previous month.

According to the second estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), GDP showed 0.8 percent growth in Q2 2018.

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has not changed in September compared to the previous month.

Between June and August 2018, the number of people aged 15 to 74 in paid employment grew by an average of 20 thousand per month. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that total employment reached 8.8 million in August, as indicated by the latest figures.

The Netherlands ten years after the onset of the global credit crisis. Developments in unemployment, GDP, labour participation, housing market, social assistance benefits, debt liabilities and other indicators, together providing a comprehensive picture of the situation before, during and after the crisis.

There were 348 thousand unemployed in July, equivalent to 3.8 percent of the labour force. The number of unemployed fell by an average of 2 thousand per month in May, June and July. UWV recorded 279 thousand current unemployment benefits at the end of July.

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has hardly changed in August compared to the previous month.

According to the first estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands GDP expanded by 0.7 percent in Q2 2018 relative to the previous quarter.

Between April and June 2018, the number of people aged 15 to 74 in paid employment grew by an average of 17 thousand per month. There were close to 8.8 million people in work in June. The unemployment rate in the Dutch labour force stood at 3.9 in June.

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has hardly changed in July compared to the previous month.

For eight months now, unemployment among youth has fallen below the lowest point before the economic crisis in 2008.

According to the second estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), GDP showed 0.6 percent growth in Q1 2018.

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has improved somewhat further in June.

The share of unemployed in the labour force declined by an average 5 thousand per month in the months of March, April and May 2018 to a total of 352 thousand. The unemployment rate (ILO definition) was 3.9 percent. 8.7 million people in the labour force were in paid work.

Labour force, April 2018. The number of unemployment dropped by an average 8 thousand per month between Feb. and April to 355 thousand. The unemployment rate (ILO definition) stood at 3.9%; 8.7 million people were in paid work.

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has improved slightly in May.

According to the first estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), GDP showed 0.5 percent growth in Q1 2018.

In 2011, 63 thousand Poles migrated to the Netherlands to work here, 5 years 20 thousand had remained.

In 2017, 4 percent of young people in the Netherlands were neither in employment nor in education or training (NEET). This percentage is fairly stable and lower than in other EU countries.

The employed labour force increased in March 2018, unemployment declined. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent.

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has improved slightly in April.

According to the second estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), GDP showed 0.8 percent growth in Q4 2017.

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has hardly changed in January.

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The number of 15 to 74-year-olds in paid work was up in 2017 on 2016 at an average of 176 thousand.

Second measurement of the Netherlands' progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Turnover generated by temp agencies increased by 2.5 percent in Q4 2017.

Young workers on Bonaire often have full-time jobs, similar to the over-25s.

The number of 15 to 74-year-olds in paid work was on average 176 thousand up on 2016.

According to the first estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), GDP showed 0.8 percent growth in Q4 2017.

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has hardly changed in January.

The employed labour force (15-74 yrs) increased by 176 thousand in 2017.

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has hardly changed in January.

According to the second estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), GDP showed 0.4 percent growth in Q3 2017.

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has improved slightly in December.

Changes in employed and unemployed labour force, November 2017

Foreign-owned multinationals and their suppliers created around 1.4 m full-time jobs in 2014.

Turnover generated by temp agencies increased by 1.0 percent in Q3 2017.

Changes in employed and unemployed labour force, October 2017

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has improved further in November.

The public sector is the largest employer in the Caribbean Netherlands

Changes in employed and unemployed labour force, September 2017

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has improved in October.

The economic situation is more or less the same in September compared to one month previously.

In the months June - August, unemployment declined by an average 10 thousand persons to 426 thousand.

In 2016 unemployment declined to 13.2 percent among the group non-western migrants.

The total number of temp hours increased by 4.2 percent, the highest increase since Q2 2007.

Employment grew in July. The number of people without work dropped.

In 2016, 6.7 percent of Bonaire's labour force were unemployed. On St Eustatius: 7.1 percent; on Saba 3.3 percent.

Unemployment declined to 4.9 percent of the labour force in June.

The economic situation has hardly changed in July.

Many Syrians and Eritreans have a residence permit and housing, but most depend on social welfare.

In 2014, over 38% of all international technology graduates from 2007/’08 held a job in the Netherlands.

The Dutch economic situation has hardly changes in June compared to May.

The gross domestic product (GDP) showed a 0.4 percent growth in Q1 2017.

Unemployment declined by an average of 6 thousand per month over the previous three months.

CBS and the city of Venlo are collaborating in the collection of regional and local data.

Unemployment declined by an average of 8 thousand per month over the previous three months.

Employees are increasingly less concerned about retaining their jobs; 24% in 2016 and as much as 34% in 2013.

Unemployment declined by an average of 6 thousand a month over the past three months and stood at 463 thousand in March.

The economic situation is improving further in April.

Fewer young, highly educated people have completed technical studies compared to ten years ago.

GDP grows 0.6 percent in Q4 2016.

Unemployment continues to fall

Turnover generated by temp employment agencies grew by 3.5 percent in Q4 relative to the preceding quarter.

Further fall unemployment in January.

In 2014 en 2015, the Bulgarian and Romanian migrant population in the Netherlands increased.

Unemployment further down in December

Growth GDP 0.8 percent in Q3 2016

Economic situation improving

Unemployment drops below half a million

Both turnover and hours worked in temp jobs increased in the third quarter of 2016.

The Annual Report on Integration 2016 gives an overview of various population groups with a migrant background.

Unemployment declined by 13 thousand per month over the previous three months, ending at 502 thousand in October.

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Unemployment further in decline

Model selection and MSE estimation in the state space model for the Dutch Labour Force Survey.

Economic situation is improving

Unemployment continues to fall

The total number of hours worked in temp jobs increased by 2.9 percent in the second quarter of 2016.

Three-quarters of Dutch children below the age of 3 was in childcare in 2014, the highest share of all EU countries.

The Netherlands had 541 thousand unemployed in July, equivalent to 6.0 percent of the labour force.

Unemployment falls to 550 thousand

Metal and construction workers tend to be involved in work-related accidents more often than other occupational groups.

The first available data and results of labour market projects funded by the ESF over the period 2014 -2015

In the Netherlands, 93,560 people took part in a labour market project subsidised by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Unemployment further down

The total number of hours worked in temp jobs decreased by 1.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016

6.4 percent of the labour force unemployed in April 2016

The number of unemployed declined by an average of 5 thousand a month over the past three months

Over the past three months, unemployment declined by an average of 5 thousand a month.

According to Statistics Netherlands, the total number of hours worked in temp jobs increased by 3.6 percent in Q4 2015 relative to Q3. This is the most substantial increase in five years.

Unemployment fell over the past three months by an average of 14 thousand a month. In January 574 thousand people and 6.5 percent in the labour force were unemployed. Statistics Netherlands reports that the number of employed grew by an average of 6 thousand a month over the past three months.

In the fourth quarter of 2015 unemployment declined by an average of 7 thousand a month, whereas the downward trend stalled in August and September. In December 588 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed, i.e. 6.6 percent of the labour force. Statistics Netherlands reports that the number of employed rose marginally over the past quarter by an average of 3 thousand a month.

In 2014, the largest occupational group in the Caribbean Netherlands were construction workers including bricklayers, pavers and carpenters. Nearly 12 percent of the 13 thousand people working in the three special municipalities formed part of this occupational group.

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the total amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased by 2.5 percent in the third quarter relative to the second quarter of 2015. This increase is somewhat smaller than in the preceding quarter. The amount of hours worked in temp jobs has increased for two and a half years now.

CBS has been chosen Best Government Organisation of the Year 2015.

Over the past three months, more people in the Netherlands who were not actively looking on the labour market have begun seeking employment, but often without success. The number of people in the Dutch labour force remained practically the same. As a result, the number of unemployed increased by 4,000 on average over the past three months. In October, 6.9 percent of the labour force were unemployed. At 616 thousand, the number is still below that of last January, when unemployment started declining.

In comparison with the Netherlands and Belgium, Germany’s labour market has seen a particularly positive development over the past decade. In September 2015, unemployment stood at 4.5 percent in Germany, 6.8 percent in the Netherlands and 8.7 percent in Belgium. Among the three countries, only Germany saw a fairly constant downward trend in unemployment as of 2005.

Economic independence among men has deteriorated during the recession, but remained at the same level among women. In 2014 more than 65 percent of employed 15 to 64-year-olds had an income at social security level or higher versus nearly half of employed women.

Early this year, the number of unemployed started to fall, but in the past three months the decline has come to a standstill. In September, 607 thousand people or 6.8 percent in the labour force were unemployed, i.e. the same as in July and August.

Over the past three months, unemployment among people aged 25 to 44 has declined faster than among people aged 45 and up. In August, a total of 604 thousand people were unemployed, 13 thousand fewer than three months earlier. Unemployment figures in August were nearly identical to July and were equivalent to 6.8 percent of the labour force.

After four years of decline, the purchasing power of the Dutch population improved by 1.5 percent in 2014. All population groups saw their spending power rise in a period of slow economic recovery. Employees benefited the most with an increase of 2.7 percent.

The total number of hours worked in temp jobs increased by 3.2 percent in the second quarter on the first quarter of 2015. According to Statistics Netherlands, this is the most substantial increase in almost five years.

Unemployment fell to 603 thousand in July. Over the past three months, unemployment declined by 22 thousand. The number of working people increased by 14 thousand in this period. The employed labour force currently includes 8.3 million people. The most recent figures show thatt 6.8 percent of the Dutch labour force were unemployed in July.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the number of working women has risen more rapidly over the past decade than the number of working men. In the second quarter of 2015, the employed labour force included more than 3.8 million women, versus 3.4 million in 2005. The male employed labour force included 4.5 million individuals, as against 4.4 million ten years ago.

In the second quarter, 322 thousand people were out of work for less than one year, i.e. 81 thousand fewer than in the same quarter in 2014. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the number of long-term unemployed has increased by 21 thousand compared to one year ago.

Among employed 20 to 64-year-old men, 13 percent were living on paid incomes below the social security level. Employed women are twice as often not able to fend for themselves; they are financially vulnerable. Financially vulnerable persons are often employed on a part-time basis.

Over 145 young unemployed people in the Netherlands have improved their opportunities on the job market with financial support from Europe since 2009. Until 2014 over half of the participants in ESF programs found a job right after.

Around three in ten young people in the Caribbean Netherlands are employed. It is more difficult for young inhabitants on the islands than those who live in the European part of the Netherlands to combine education with a side job. Half of young people on Bonaire and St Eustatius are not looking for a job and not available to start work.

The labour force in the Caribbean differs from that in the Netherlands in a number of respects: relatively more people in the Caribbean (15- 74 years) are employed, and relatively more of them work full-time.

On Bonaire, the median disposable household income was 21.1 thousand dollars, on Saba 20 thousand dollars and on St Eustatius 23.3 thousand dollars. Incomes ranged from 6 thousand dollars for the lowest income brackets on all islands to approximately 60 thousand dollars for the highest income groups on St Eustatius. On Bonaire and Saba, the median disposable household income of the 25 percent richest households was 52 thousand and 48 thousand dollars respectively.

The total number of hours worked in temp jobs increased was 1.1 percent higher in the first quarter of 2015 than in the fourth quarter of 2014. According to Statistics Netherlands, the total number of hours worked has been increasing for two years now

The number of employed people increased by an average of 2 thousand a month in the period February-April. Employment rose noticeably among young people and over-45s. In the same period, the labour force declined by an average of 5 thousand a month. As a result, unemployment fell by 7 thousand a month. The unemployment rate in the Netherlands was 7.0 percent, versus 7.2 percent three months previously.

Lack of important new skills or know-how among nearly a quarter of Dutch employees In 2014 some 23 percent of all Dutch employees lacked new skills and know-how they needed to perform well in their work, including technological and organisational skills and know-how. Employees who indicated this were less satisfied, they are ill more often and they suffer more often from burn-out complaints.

The recovery of the Dutch labour market continued in the first quarter of 2015 albeit somewhat slower. There was a job increase of 6 thousand, reaching 9.8 million, plus another 40 thousand jobs in the last quarter of 2014. Unemployment was down by 2 thousand on the previous quarter, reaching 635 thousand, or 7.1 percent of the employed labour force. Young people in particular found work. Long-term unemployment increased slightly among the over 45s according to the figures released by Statistics Netherlands today.

There were 25 strike actions in the Netherlands last year; 10 thousand employees were involved and altogether 41 thousand working days were lost. The number of labour disputes last year was just above the average annual level of 21 over the twenty-first century so far. The number of employees participating in strikes was relatively low in 2014. An average of 33 thousand employees have annually downed tools since 2000.

Is it possible to move to a house across the street and emigrate at the same time? Yes, it is possible: in the province of Limburg in the southeast of the Netherlands in the cross-border municipality Eurode that comprises Dutch Kerkrade and German Herzogenrath. Many Dutch people who emigrate to Herzogenrath come from Kerkrade.

According to a study by Statistics Netherlands published this week, around 80 thousand people who work in the Netherlands travel from Belgium and Germany to do so. The main places of work are Maastricht, Enschede, Venlo, Sittard-Geleen and Eindhoven.

The number of people who found jobs during the past three months has grown by an average of 6 thousand a month. Most of them are young.

Four in ten unemployed young people in the Netherlands in the age category 15-26 who are not attending education or training programmes, are not looking for work and are not immediately available for the labour market (75 thousand individuals). The main reasons are disability and illness.

The sickness absence rate among employees in the Netherlands has fallen to 3.8 percent in 2014, the lowest rate since 1996.

As fewer people actively engaged on the labour market in February, unemployment declined. The number of employed was about the same as in January.

Statistics Netherlands announced today that nearly four in every hundred working women held management positions in 2014, versus nine in every hundred working men. This is partly due to the fact that most women have part-time jobs, especially when their children are young.

The number of social security claimants increased further by 22 thousand in 2014, versus an increase by 32 thousand in 2013. The share of young claimants has not changed. Statistics Netherlands announced today that, at the end of last year, 435 thousand people in the Netherlands were receiving social security.

The Dutch government cut back on child care allowances in the period 2009-2013.  The subsequent higher child care costs have resulted in young children spending fewer hours in formal child care. In spite of this, the participation of their parents on the labour market has not changed in comparison with parents of older children.Key words: working hours, working mothers, child care.

The average age for employees to go into retirement has risen further to 64.1 years in 2014. The number of 55 to 65-year-olds going into retirement is declining rapidly. Because the population is ageing, the total retired population has grown to 3.1 million.

In 2013, 14 percent of all 15 to 64-year-olds in the Netherlands – nearly 1.6 million people – had a disability. They suffer from chronic diseases, disorders or disabilities restricting their capacity to work or find work. One third of disabled held paid jobs of at least twelve hours a week. They often had permanent employment contracts and relatively often were working on a part-time basis. One in ten disabled people with paid jobs would like to work longer hours.

More and more women, in particular the youngest generations, participate on the labour market. As a result of this development, the distribution of working hours between partners has also changed. The most frequent combination today is for one partner to have a full-time job and for the other partner to have a large part-time job

Since 1 January 2014, people from Bulgaria and Romania no longer need a work permit if they want to work in the Netherlands. As a result, the number of Bulgarian and Romanian job-seekers coming to the Netherlands has grown by several thousands. According to Statistics Netherlands, their numbers are relatively low compared to the amount of job-seekers annually arriving from Poland.

According to figures today, the number of unemployed people rose by 12 thousand to 642 thousand.

Under the coalition agreement of the present Dutch cabinet, from 2022 onwards the entitlement age for state old-age pension will be linked to the increase in life expectancy.

According to figures released today, 630 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in November.

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands today, participation of Dutch women on the labour market rose substantially in the period 1998-2013. At the end of 2013, however, it fell slightly, and in the first three quarters of 2014 it hardly changed at all.

Dutch private businesses’ views about job market developments remained unchanged in November compared to October and September. In July and August the mood was about the same.

The number of social security claimants has not grown further during the third quarter of 2014; at the end of September, 430 thousand people received social security benefits.

The total amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased by 2.5 percent in the third quarter relative to the second quarter, the most substantial increase in four years.

The number of unemployed hardly changed in October. In the period May-September, unemployment declined each month.

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Statistics Netherlands announced today that last year 467 thousand employees had two jobs. The share of second-job holders has risen to 7.6 percent of all employees.

According to the labour market review, the cautious recovery of the labour market continued in the third quarter of 2014.

Statistics Netherlands announced today that nearly 100 thousand young people in the 15-26 age bracket, who no longer participated in education or training programmes were unemployed in the first quarter of 2014. Three months later, three in every ten of them had found a job for at least 12 hours a week. During the past decade, the proportion of young people out of education who found work within a short period of time has never been so low.

Statistics Netherlands announced today that older employees are generally believed to be more stress resistant, while younger employees appear to be more versed in adopting new technologies. Opinions about younger and older employees are strongly affected by the age of the observer.

The proportion of social security claimants who found a new job declined further last year. Since the start of the survey in 2007, the proportion has never been so low.

In 2013, nearly 850 thousand people were less than one year active in their current job. Nearly a quarter of a million of these people were working outside their region of residence.

Unemployment has fallen for the fifth consecutive month in September.

Just over 45 thousand people (in full-time equivalents) were employed in the Dutch sustainable energy sector in 2013. This is 24 percent more than in 2008. In the remainder of the economy employment fell in this period (-3 percent). The sustainable energy sector also accounted for a larger part of the Dutch economy.

The mood of the Dutch private sector concerning developments on the job market has deteriorated in the past few months. In September, pessimists just constituted the majority, after five months of cautious optimism.

In the second quarter of 2014, nearly 900 thousand people (11 percent of all persons employed in the Netherlands) were working less than twelve hours a week. Three-quarters do not wish or are unable to work more than twelve hours a week, mainly because they attend some form of education or (vocational) training programme.

According to figures published by Statistics Netherlands today, spending on state old-age pensions has risen by nearly a quarter since 2008, to 32.7 billion euros in 2013. By the end of 2013, over 3.2 million people in the Netherlands were receiving a state old-age pension. One in ten of them live outside the Netherlands.

The number of unemployed people in the Netherlands fell for the fourth month in a row. More people have found a job in recent months. Unemployment fell by 13 thousand persons in August, to 8 percent of the labour force. Under-45s accounted for nearly all of the decrease in unemployment.

The mood of the Dutch private sector concerning developments on the job market has deteriorated in the past few months. In August, optimists and pessimists balanced each other out, after four months of cautious optimism.

Statistics Netherlands announced today that the Dutch labour market showed signs of recovery in the second quarter of 2014.

Adjusted for seasonal variation, the total amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased by 0.8 percent in the second quarter of 2014 relative to the preceding quarter.

The number of social security claimants has risen by 8 thousand to 434 thousand in the second quarter of 2014.

Unemployment has fallen for the third month in a row. More people recently found work.

Number of job vacancies rose slightly in the second quarter of 2014: there were 4 thousand more vacancies than in the previous quarter. This is the fourth quarter in a row that the number of vacancies has risen.

The Dutch private sector is cautiously optimistic about developments on the job market. The vacancy-indicator was +0.02 in July 2014, versus +0.05 in June.

More people found work or went back to work.

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the trend in job vacancies in the private sector, based on the opinions of Dutch entrepreneurs. In June, the indicator improved further. The mood was positive for the third month running.

Statistics Netherlands will use the definition of the International Labour Organisation as its main indicator of unemployment as of 2015 and the international Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) for the inflation rate.

Due to chronic disorders, older employees are more often absent from work than their younger counterparts. Older employees more often suffer from disorders related to high sickness absence rates, e.g. cardiovascular diseases and back, back of the neck and joint problems. Among employees without chronic disorders, the sickness absence rates vary little by age category.

In March, the number of unemployed also declined, but this was caused by the fact that people withdrew from the labour market.

Between 2001 and 2013, the share of employees in the employed labour force was reduced from 88 to 85 percent, but the share increased among over-55s

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the trend in job vacancies in the private sector. For the first time in three years, the indicator was positive in April. In May, the indicator improved further.

Statistics Netherlands announced today that the number of social security recipients rose by 13 thousand to 426 thousand in the first quarter of 2014. Despite indications that the economy is picking up steam, this is not borne out by the number of social security recipients. They are usually more distant from the labour market and it appears to be more difficult for them to find jobs than, for example, for people who receive unemployment benefits.

Adjusted for seasonal variation, the total amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased by 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2014 relative to the preceding quarter. The number of hours worked in temp jobs increased for the fourth consecutive quarter.

summary: Last year, 0.8 percent of all people employed in the European Union (EU) were living in one EU country and working in another. The proportion of cross-border workers from the Netherlands was below the EU average. More than 40 thousand people living in the Netherlands were working abroad.

The number of job vacancies rose by 7 thousand in the first quarter of 2014. At the end of the first quarter of 2014 there were more job vacancies in nearly all industry sectors. This is now the third quarter in a row that vacancies have risen, Statistics Netherlands announced today.

Statistics Netherlands announced today that unemployment rose by 3 thousand people in April. This has slowed down the rise in unemployment at the beginning of the year. It is not the result of more jobs becoming available though, but mainly because young people have been withdrawing from the labour market.

According to the Netherlands Working Conditions Survey 2013, conducted by TNO and Statistics Netherlands, the percentage of employees in the Netherlands who say they can organise their own work has decreased in recent years. Short-tenure workers, in particular, feel less autonomous.

The number of minimum wage jobs has risen marginally over the period 2008-2012. The increase mainly occurred among 20 to 30-year-olds.

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), unemployment fell by 7 thousand in March. The decline was largely due to the fact that many people withdrew from the labour market, not because more people managed to find paid jobs. The number of people with paid jobs was reduced further in March.

In 2012, exports of goods and services generated the equivalent of 2.2 million full-time jobs in the Netherlands. This accounts for one third of total employment in the country.

The vacancy indicator improved further in March and reached the highest level in nearly three years. The mood lifted across the board.

The sickness absence rate among employees in the Netherlands was reduced to 3.9 percent in 2013, i.e. at any one time 39 in every one thousand employees were absent due to sickness. The rate reached the lowest level since the current sickness absence survey was started up in 1996.

The number of employee jobs declined by 4 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2013 relative to the third quarter. In the preceding quarters, the decline was much more substantial.

Figures released by Statistics Netherlands today show that, after adjustment for seasonal effects, unemployment in the Netherlands was 13 thousand higher in February than in January 2014

Last year, 70 thousand people, nearly twice as many as in 2008, thought their chances of finding employment was so low that they have stopped looking for work altogether. Especially among 55 to 65-year-olds pessimism prevailed.

The gross-wage gender gap was nearly 18 percent in 2012 which means that, on average, for each euro men earned, women earned 0.82 eurocents. Women in the age category 25-30 earned higher hourly wages than their male counterparts, but over the age of 40 women’s average hourly wages were significantly lower.

The vacancy indicator improved further in February and reached the highest level in nearly three years.

At the end of December last year, 413 thousand persons received social security benefits, i.e. 10 thousand more than in the third quarter. Over the entire year 2013, the number of social security recipients not yet eligible for old age pension (AOW) grew by 33 thousand, as the most recent figures published by Statistics Netherlands show.

In the fourth quarter of 2013, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 1.6 percent up from the preceding quarter. In the third quarter, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs grew for the first time after two years of almost continuous decline.

Unemployment has risen across all Dutch provinces last year. Flevoland, Groningen and Friesland had the highest unemployment rates.

The most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands show that unemployment increased by 10 thousand in January 2014 to reach 678 thousand, i.e. 8.6 percent in the labour force. The figures are adjusted for seasonal variation.

In 2013, the number of children attending day care centres has fallen for the second year in a row. On 31 December 2011, 322 thousand 0 to 3-year-old children attended day care centres versus 284 thousand at the end of 2013.

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands today, there were 97 thousand job vacancies in the Netherlands at the end of December 2013. The figure has been corrected for seasonal effects

In 2013, nearly 7.3 million Dutch nationals aged 15-64 had paid jobs for twelve hours a week or more, a decline by more than 100 thousand relative to 2012. The net labour participation rate was 66.1 percent versus 67.2 percent in 2012.

On 14 February 2012, 296 thousand employees were working in the same company as their partners, so 148 thousand couples had the same employer, i.e. 4 percent of all employees in the Netherlands.

On Friday 24 January 2014 the Cabinet has adopted the proposal by the Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr Kamp, and the Central Commission for Statistics to appoint Dr. T.B.P.M. (Tjark) Tjin-A-Tsoi as Director General of Statistics Netherlands as of 1 April 2014.

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 15 thousand in December 2013 to reach 668 thousand, i.e. 8.5 percent of the employed labour force.

The average age for employees to go into retirement rose further in 2013 to 63.9 years, i.e. 0.3 years higher than in 2012.

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the trend in job vacancies in the private sector. The indicator improved further in December.

The number of unemployment (WW) benefits has risen in recent years to over 400 thousand by the end of September 2013. Inflow and outflow are increasing. The amount of short-term WW benefits has grown dramatically.

Taking seasonal effects into account, there were 47 thousand fewer jobs (0.6 percent) in the third than in the second quarter of 2013.

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), seasonally adjusted unemployment was reduced by 21 thousand to 653 thousand in November 2013, i.e. 8.2 percent in the labour force.

Between 2008 and 2012, unemployment rose faster among lower educated people than among secondary and high educated people. The unemployment increase was most obvious among lower-skilled technicians and construction workers.

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the trend in job vacancies in the private sector. The indicator improved further in November, but pessimism still prevails among private entrepreneurs.

The number of people taking part in work reintegration schemes in the Netherlands fell by nearly 28 thousand between 2010 and 2012. Fewer young people, in particular, were offered a place under a municipal work reintegration programmes.

Last year, the number of second job holders included in the employed labour force has risen marginally to 544 thousand. On average, people holding two jobs work two hours more each week than those with one job.

According to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands, 402 thousand people under AOW (old age pension) entitlement age received social security benefits by the end of September, i.e. as many as in the second quarter.

In the third quarter of 2013, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 0.5 percent up from the sector quarter. The modest increase follows five consecutive quarters of decline.

Nearly all employees indicated in 2012 that a pleasant workplace atmosphere is important to them. For three quarters of employees a pleasant workplace atmosphere is essential. Nearly all employees consider competent management, job security, interesting work and a good salary to be important aspects of their job.

Over the past years, the share of employees working from home has risen to nearly one in three in 2012. Half of employees could take leave whenever they wanted and more than one in five could set their own working hours on a regular basis.

There were 94 thousand unfilled vacancies by the end of September 2013, up 3 thousand on the previous quarter.

Last year, in 54 percent of couples with young children one partner was working on a full-time basis and the other partner on a part-time basis. This was also the case in 2008.

By the end of March 2013, there were nearly 1.8 million trade union members in the Netherlands, a reduction by 52 thousand relative to one year previously.

In 2012, 627 thousand young people were no longer studying but working. About 40 percent had a flexible employment contract. In 2002 this was 24 percent.

At the end of June 2013, 818 thousand people in the Netherlands were claiming a disability benefit, 175 thousand fewer than at the end of December 2002, when the record number of claimants was recorded.

The Dutch government has received just over 628 million euros in revenues from the 2012 crisis tax. This extra charge is imposed on wages above 150 thousand euros. More than half of the amount received came from wages paid in the financial and business services sector.

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, seasonally adjusted unemployment grew by 2 thousand in September to reach 685 thousand, i.e. 8.6 percent of the labour force.

The share of over-55s among medical professionals is higher than among other professionals employed in the care sector. Since the beginning of the 21st century, ageing in the care sector is above the average level in other sectors.

In the third quarter of 2013, collectively negotiated wages were raised by 1.2 percent relative to the third quarter last year. The increase is smaller than in the previous quarters and also well below the level of inflation of 2.8 percent.

There were 91 thousand job vacancies at the end of June 2013, the lowest level in nearly ten years. The number of job vacancies decreased by 6 thousand relative to the end of March.

At the end of 2011, 367 thousand people in the Netherlands received social security benefits. More than 28 thousand, i.e. less than 8 percent, found jobs in 2012.

The number of jobs of employees was 137 thousand lower in the second quarter of 2013 than in the same period of 2012, a reduction by 1.7 percent.

According to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands, seasonally adjusted unemployment fell to 683 thousand in August, i.e. 8.6 percent of the labour force.

In the second quarter of 2013, the employed labour force was reduced by more than 150 thousand relative to the first quarter. For two thirds the main reason for unemployment was that their jobs were axed or their temporary contract expired.

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the trend in job vacancies in the private sector. The indicator improved in August.

According to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands, 400 thousand people who had not yet reached old age pension (AOW) entitlement age were living on social security by the end of June, i.e. 6 thousand more than in the first quarter.

In the second quarter of 2013, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 1.6 percent down from the first quarter. The number of hours worked in stage A temp jobs declined for the fifth consecutive quarter.

Adjusted for seasonal variation, there were 91 thousand unfilled vacancies at the end of June, a reduction by 6 thousand relative to the first quarter, which means that the downward trend continues.

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation grew by 19 thousand in July to reach 694 thousand.

Last year, 478 thousand people (7 percent of all employed) were involved in workplace accidents resulting in physical injuries or mental damage. Most accidents occur in the sectors hotels and restaurants and construction.

According to the latest figures published by Statistics Netherlands, seasonally adjusted unemployment grew by 16 thousand in June 2013 to reach 675 thousand.

Unemployment among highly-educated 25 to 35-year-old men has increased significantly after 2009. Last year, more than 6 percent of them were unemployed. The rate was nearly twice as high as among highly-educated young women.

The vacancy indicator improved somewhat more in June, after marginal improvements in April and May.

In the first quarter of this year, 143 thousand persons who were still employed in the fourth quarter of 2012, lost their jobs. In particular people participating in flexible working hours schemes lost their jobs.

Unemployment in the Netherlands rose by 9 thousand in May, to 659 thousand persons.

At the end of 2011, nearly 56 percent of employees did not work in their municipality of residence. Larger cities in particular attract many commuters. Half of the busiest commuter roads lead to Amsterdam.

There were 97 thousand job vacancies at the end of March 2013. The number of job vacancies has declined gradually over the past two years, mostly due to a reduced demand for staff in the private sector.

In the first quarter of 2013, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was nearly 1.5 percent down on the fourth quarter of 2012. The number of hours worked in temp jobs declined for the fourth consecutive quarter.

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, 390 thousand under-65s received social security benefits at the end of March, i.e. an increase by 11 thousand relative to the preceding quarter.

At the end of December last year, 340 thousand unemployment (WW) benefits were granted, i.e. more than one and a half time as many as five years ago. The number of male recipients grew notably. Partly because the maximum benefit entitlement period was reduced, the share of 55 to 65-year-old recipients dropped to 25 percent.

The main reason consultants, IT experts, builders and other self-employed persons without employees that offer their own labour or services give for becoming self-employed is that they wanted a challenge. Many of these also-called ‘new’ self-employed also want to set their own working hours.

Last year, 219 thousand working days were lost in the Netherlands, the highest number since 2002.

At the end of January 2013, more than 3.1 million old age pensions were paid, i.e. nearly 12 thousand down from December 2012. On 1 January 2013, the AOW entitlement age was raised by one month.

The share of workers with a flexible employment contract has risen from 12 percent (2001) to 16 percent (2012) of the Dutch employed labour force.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 7 thousand in April 2013 to reach 650 thousand.

There were 97 thousand unfilled job vacancies by the end of March, i.e. 5 thousand down from the previous quarter.

According to the international definition, the unemployment rate in the Netherlands was 6.4 percent in March, i.e. above the German rate of 5.4 percent.

More and more employees in the Netherlands are worried about losing their job.

According to figures released today by Statistics Netherlands, seasonally adjusted unemployment in the Netherlands rose by 30 thousand in March, to 643 thousand people.Figures published by UWV – the organisation responsible for implementing unemployment benefits - show that the number of unemployment benefit claimants rose by 3 thousand to 380 thousand in March.

The average age in the employed labour force has risen further to 41.4 years in 2012, i.e. more than five years higher than in 1990. Employees are on average younger than self-employed, but they age faster.

In the first quarter of this year, collectively negotiated (CAO) wages increased by 1.8 percent. The wage increase is the highest since the end of 2009, but is still far below the level of inflation.

The average bonus of employees has risen by 5 percent in 2011. On average, the highest bonuses were paid in the sectors mineral extraction and financial services.

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the further trend in job vacancies. The indicator was about the same in March as in February and was also fairly stable in the preceding months.

The number of jobs of employees was 89 thousand (1.1 percent) lower in the fourth quarter of 2012 than twelve months previously. In the first three quarters of 2012, too, the number of jobs was lower than one year previously. The number of jobs lost grew in the course of the year.

The most recent figures show that unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation grew by 21 thousand in February to 613 thousand

The share of working 60 to 65-year-olds more than doubled over the past decade and growth continued in 2012.

In 2011, the annual wage of employees per job averaged 31 thousand euros; 145 thousand employees in the Netherlands annually earned 100 thousand euros or more in 2011.

Unemployment increased across all Dutch provinces last year. The highest rates were recorded in Flevoland, South Holland and Groningen.

There were 101 thousand job vacancies at the end of December 2012, i.e. 7 thousand fewer than at the end of September.

According to the most recent figures 325 thousand income support benefits were granted to people under the age of 65 by the end of December last year, i.e. an increase by 9 thousand relative to one year previously.

In the fourth quarter of 2012, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was nearly 1 percent down on the third quarter. The number of hours worked in temp jobs also declined in the two preceding months.

According to the latest figures, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation increased by 21 thousand in January to 592 thousand.

After years of decline, the number of single parents dependent on income support has risen since 2008. The increase predominantly occurred among single parents with a non-western background.

Adjusted for seasonal variation, 101 thousand job vacancies were unfilled by the end of last year, i.e. a decrease by 7 thousand relative to the previous quarter.

In the fourth quarter of 2012, the number of jobs of employees declined by 93 thousand (1.2 percent) relative to the fourth quarter of 2011. In the first three quarters of 2012, the number of jobs was also down on a one year previously. The number of lost jobs has grown in the course of the year.

Last year, 128 thousand people with a non-western background and 315 thousand native Dutch people were unemployed. Unemployment has risen further in 2012.

The share of unemployment (WW) and income support benefit recipients has grown during the past half decade. The number of WW recipients has risen by 77 percent. The increase was relatively large in the Randstad region. With an increase of 20 percent over the period 2008–2012, the number of income support benefits rose less rapidly. Unlike WW benefits, the increase in income support benefits predominantly occurred outside the Randstad region

Shop assistant, shelf stacker and waitress are the most popular jobs among pupils and students. Boys most often work as shelf stackers in supermarkets, shop assistant is the most popular job among girls.

Part of Dutch social benefits are paid to people living outside the Netherlands; 10 percent of all AOW benefits are paid to people living abroad.

The number of male part-timers is growing. Early 2001, 12 percent of men were working on a part-time basis, versus 17 percent in the third quarter of 2012.

The most recent figures show that unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation has risen by 19 thousand in December to reach 571 thousand.

The average age at which employees go into retirement has risen further in 2012 to 63.6 years, i.e. an increase by six months relative to 2011.

Collectively negotiated wages rose by 1.6 percent last year, i.e. 0.5 percentage points more than in 2011. The inflation rate over 2012 was 2.5 percent and has been above the increase in collectively agreed wages for the past thirty months.

In the third quarter of 2012, 82 thousand jobs of employees were lost relative to the third quarter of 2011, i.e. a decline by 1.0 percent.

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation increased by 16 thousand in November 2012 to reach 552 thousand, i.e. 7 percent of the labour force.

Over the past decade, more mothers with young children have become active on the job market. Three quarters of mothers with young children were employed or actively seeking work in the third quarter of 2012.

The composition of the employed labour force in the Netherlands has changed in the last ten years. It now comprises fewer employees with a permanent position, but more with flexible contracts and self-employed people.

320 thousand income support benefits were being paid to people up to the age of 65 years at the end of September 2012. This is one thousand more than in the previous quarter, and 6 thousand more than in September 2011.

In the third quarter of 2012, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 4 percent down on the preceding quarter. The number of temp hours worked in temp jobs had decreased slightly in the second quarter.

More than 1 in 8 employees had burn-out complaints in 2011. These complaints are relatively common among employees who work under pressure and employees who have little social support from colleagues and management.

173 thousand of the 512 thousand people who were unemployed in the third quarter of 2012 were over 45 years old. Their number has grown fast since 2008.

By the end of September, there were 108 thousand seasonally corrected job vacancies, down 1 thousand on the previous quarter. The number of vacancies fell considerably faster in the previous three quarters according to the latest figures.

According to the latest figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 17 thousand in October 2012 so that 536 thousand people are now unemployed.

At eight in ten, the share of unemployed people in the Netherlands who went through job advertisements in 2011 was about the same as in 2004. In the period 2004-2011the share of unemployed people searching for jobs online nearly doubled.

Figures show that seasonally adjusted unemployment rose by 5 thousand in September 2012, to 519 thousand.

Collectively agreed wage rates in the Netherlands rose by 1.7 percent in the third quarter of 2012. This is the largest increase in collectively agreed wages since the end of 2009. The increase is still below the level of inflation, which was 2.3 percent.

Lead: Just over 9 percent of people claiming income support in the Netherlands at the end of 2010 found a job in 2011. This percentage was highest in smaller municipalities.

On 1 January 2010, the total potential labour force in the 27 countries of the European Union numbered 307 million persons. This is 61 percent of the total population of the EU and is 20 million higher than in 1995. On the basis of Eurostat’s EUROPOP2010 population scenarios, the potential labour force is expected to fall to 265 million in 2060, 14 percent down on 2010.

Victims of workplace aggression more often report a poor state of health than their colleagues who do not face aggression at work. They are also more dissatisfied with their job and are more often looking for another job

Nearly four out of ten private sector employees in the Netherlands did a work-related course in 2010. Five years previously this was 34 percent. In 2010 spending on courses accounted for 2.1 percent of labour costs, this is slightly less than in 2005.

By the end of this year, 319 thousand social security benefits were issued, i.e. an increase by more than 1 thousand compared to the previous quarter. The number of social security benefits remained more or less stable relative to June 2011.

In the Netherlands unemployment is low compared with other countries in Europe; certainly when compared with Spain, where more than a quarter of the labour force are unemployed.

In the second quarter of this year, 53 thousand jobs of employees (a decline by 0.7 percent) were lost relative to the second quarter of 2011. Employment was down in many sectors relative to one year previously, but declined most dramatically in public administration.

In the second quarter of this year, 108 thousand young people in the age category 15-25 were un employed, an increase by 26 thousand from one year previously. The unemployment rate is particularly high among non-school going young people.

According to the most recent figures, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation increased further in August 2012 by 4 thousand to reach 514 thousand.

Last year, 1.3 million employees (20 percent of all employees) were members of a trade union, versus more than 25 percent in 2000. The trade union membership rate declined more rapidly among men than among women. The rate is relatively low among young people.

The unused labour force is relatively small in the Netherlands compared to other European Union member states. Last year, the unused labour force comprised 6 percent of the 15 to 75-year-old population.

In the second quarter of this year, 57 thousand people had stopped looking for work because they thought their chances of success were tiny. The increase relative to one year previously is 14 thousand.

The vacancy indicator deteriorated marginally in August compared to the preceding month.

In the second quarter of 2012, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 0.3 percent up from the preceding quarter. The increase in the first quarter was nearly 1 percent.

At the end of 2011 nearly 230 thousand people in the Netherlands were in reintegration programmes provided by municipal government. This is more than 17 thousand fewer than twelve months previously.

According to the latest figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment climbed further to 510 thousand in July 2012, i.e. 6.5 percent of the labour force.

Figures released by Statistics Netherlands today show that after correction for seasonal effects, there were 109 thousand unfilled job vacancies at the end of June.

According to the latest figures, 317 thousand income support benefits were provided on 31 March 2012. This means an increase by one thousand income support benefits to people aged under 65 since 31 December 2011.

Last year, 48 percent of employees in the health care sector had to cope with workplace aggression, versus 33 percent of all employees.

According to the most recent figures unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation stood at 495 thousand in June 2012, an increase by 6 thousand relative to the previous month.

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the current trend in vacancies. The indicator deteriorated marginally in June compared to the preceding month. In the private sector, pessimists still outnumber optimists and the gap has widened over the past few months.

In 2011, the number of pensioners has exceeded 3 million for the first time. This means that currently nearly one in every five Dutch residents is a pensioner. The proportion of pensioners in the age category 55–65 has declined since 2006.

In the first quarter van 2012 there were over 570 thousand self-employed service providers in the Netherlands without personnel. Almost half was highly educated, and the most common profession was business consultant.

In the first quarter of this year, 26 thousand jobs of employees (a decline by 0.3 percent) were lost relative to the first quarter of 2011.

In the first quarter van 2012, unemployment increased further to reach 484 thousand. More and more people remained unemployed for a period of at least two consecutive quarters.

People who have accepted a job are more often satisfied than they were in the years prior to employment. The same applies people in their first years of retirement.

According to the most recent figures, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation stood at 489 thousand in May, almost the same as in April.

Last year, 250 thousand people relied on special income support, i.e. approximately 2 percent of the adult population in the Netherlands. Four in ten households receiving special income support are singles and more than two in ten are single parents.

In the first quarter of this year, 883 thousand people were looking for a job of twelve hours a week or more. The number has not been this high in the past six years. Nearly half of people willing to work were not actively looking for a job or could not start immediately.

The number of flex workers is growing continually. Between 2001 and 2011, the share of flex workers grew from 13 to 18 percent. Most flex workers are young. The economic situation strongly affects the number of flex workers.

The amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was nearly 2 percent down in the first quarter of 2012 from the fourth quarter of 2011. The number of hours worked in stage A temp jobs declined for the third consecutive quarter.

Unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation has grown by 24 thousand to 489 thousand in April 2012.

Changes in the number of households claiming income support in 2001-2011 correlate directly to the number of claimants under the age of 45.

According to figures released today, there were 118 thousand job vacancies at the end of March 2012, after correction for seasonal effects.

Dutch employees aged 55 to 64 years say they could continue their present work to an age of 64.7 years on average. This is one and a half years older than the current average age of retirement.

There were 17 strikes in the Netherlands last year. As a result, 22 thousand working days were lost. In just over half of cases, the actions were only short and relatively few working days were lost in 2011. Most working days were lost in the transport sector.

Labour costs in the Dutch private sector have risen at the same rate over the past decade as the average across the entire European Union. Between 2001 and 2011 Dutch labour costs per hour worked in industry and commercial services have increased by 36 percent.

According to the most recent figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment rose marginally in March 2012 to 465 thousand, i.e. 5.9 percent of the labour force.

Municipalities where the proportion of people receiving unemployment and disability benefits was high in June 2011 are mainly found in the eastern part of the Netherlands.

During the past two years, the number of people who were unemployed for twelve months or more has risen noticeably: from 91 thousand in 2009 to 139 thousand in 2011. Long-term unemployment is much more frequently found in the age category 25-45 and among lower educated.

In the first quarter of 2012, collectively negotiated (CAO) wages have risen by 1.4 percent. The increase was approximately the same as in the previous two quarters. The CAO wage increase has been below the level of inflation for more than eighteen months now.

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the current trend in vacancies. The indicator remained fairly stable in March relative to the preceding month, just like in January and February. Pessimism still marginally prevailed over optimism in the private sector.

The most recent figures show that seasonally adjusted unemployment declined marginally in February 2012 to 469 thousand, i.e. 6 percent of the labour force.

The average age in the employed labour force has risen further in 2011 to just over 41 versus 36 in the early 1990s. Men in their fifties for the first time outnumbered men in their thirties.

Nearly 3.3 million women were working twelve hours a week or more last year, an increase by more than 460 thousand relative to 2002.

Just like in January, the vacancy indicator remained fairly stable in February relative to the preceding month. Pessimism still marginally prevailed over optimism in the private sector. At the end of December 2011, there were 123 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 10 thousand fewer than at the end of September.

The number of under-27 Wajong (Income Provision Act for Disabled Young People) claimants has grown further in the first six months of 2011, but the number of completely disabled among Wajong recipients has declined.

According to the latest figures, 316 thousand social security benefits were granted by the end of last year to individuals under the age of 65 living at home, i.e. 9 thousand more than one year previously.

Provincial unemployment rates hardly changed in the Netherlands in 2011 relative to 2010.

The amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 1 percent up in the fourth quarter of 2011 from the preceding quarter. In the third quarter, the number of hours worked in temp jobs stage A had declined for the first time in nearly eighteen months.

Unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation increased by 18 thousand in January 2012 to 474 thousand, i.e. 6.0 percent of the labour force.

Adjusted for seasonal variation, there were 123 thousand unfilled vacancies at the end of December last year, i.e. 10 thousand fewer than one quarter previously.

At the end of December 2011, there were 123 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 10 thousand fewer than at the end of September. The number of job vacancies fell for the second consecutive quarter.

According to the latest figures 262 thousand native Dutch, 104 thousand residents with a non-western background and 52 thousand with a western background were seeking employment last year.

According to the latest figures 456 thousand people in the Netherlands were registered as unemployed (5.8 percent of the labour force) in December last year, as many as in November.

The average retirement age of employees had risen to more than 63 years in 2011.

Nearly 30 thousand persons living on social security benefits by the end of 2009 managed to find jobs in 2010, i.e. 9 percent of social security recipients. In the category municipalities with 100 thousand or more residents, Zaanstad and Zoetermeer performed above average, but in Amsterdam and Utrecht, the results were below average.

The increase in collectively negotiated wage rates was again modest in 2011. Just as in 2010, wages rose by 1.3 percent on average.

At the end of September 2011, there were 133 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 4 thousand fewer than at the end of June. The number of job vacancies had grown continuously over the five preceding quarters. Job vacancy figures are adjusted for seasonal variation.

Last year, 855 thousand Dutch households were dependent on benefits for a sustained period of time, i.e. nearly 40 thousand fewer than in 2009. The total number of households living on benefits amounted to 1.6 million.

In the third quarter of this year, the number of employee jobs grew by 28 thousand relative to the third quarter of 2010, i.e. a modest increase by 0.3 percent.

The Careers of Doctorate Holders (CDH) project aims to collect the most recent data on educational history, work experience and mobility of doctorate holders.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment figure for November 2011 stood at 455 thousand.

Unemployment has risen again since the summer of 2011. In the third quarter of this year, 422 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed.

Slightly fewer employees became unemployed in the third quarter of 2011 than in the same quarter last year. On the other hand, fewer unemployed people found a job.

Just over one in three employees regularly work overtime. More men and full-time workers work overtime than women and part-time workers.

New figures show that 314 thousand people younger than 65 years were claiming income support benefit at the end of September 2011.

In August 2011, 825 thousand people in the Netherlands were claiming a disability benefit. Nearly half of them received a benefit because of mental health problems or a behavioural disorder.

The amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was reduced by 3 percent in the third quarter relative to the second quarter. In the five preceding quarters, the number of hours worked in temp jobs in stage A had grown continuously.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 17 thousand in October 2011 to 455 thousand.

Adjusted for seasonal variation, 133 thousand vacancies were unfilled at the end of September 2011, i.e. 4 thousand fewer than in the previous quarter.

By the end of September this year, 251 thousand unemployment (WW) benefits were granted, a decline by 3 thousand relative to one year previously.

The proportion of employed developing burnout symptoms has grown between 2007 and 2010. The burnout rate is marginally higher among higher educated than among lower educated and relatively low among young employed.

According to the most recent figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 17 thousand in September 2011 to 438 thousand, i.e. 5.6 percent of the labour force.

Membership of Dutch trade unions rose by 5 thousand in 2011 compared with 2010. One in seven trade union members are older than 65.

Collectively agreed wage rates in the Netherlands were 1.3 percent higher in the third quarter of 2011 than in the same period last year.

At the end of June 2011, there were 137 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 2 thousand more than at the end of March. The private sector accounted entirely for the increase. The number of job vacancies grew for the fifth quarter running. The figures are adjusted for seasonal effects.

More than 27 percent of Dutch employed were working from home part of their regular working hours in 2010.

The sickness absence rate among employees in the Netherlands was 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2011.

In the Netherlands, 179 billion euro ((30 percent of the total amount earned by all Dutch together) was spent on social security last year. Unemployment benefits rose most rapidly by 12 percent compared to 2009.

In the second quarter of this year, the number of employee jobs was 51 thousand (0.6 percent) up on the same period in 2010. After correction for seasonal variation, the number of jobs increased by 25 thousand relative to the first quarter of 2011.

At the end of June this year, 40 thousand social assistance benefits went to over-65 households, i.e. twice as many as a decade ago. The reason for the increase is that more and more over-65 households are not eligible for the full old age pension (AOW) amount.

According to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands, unemployment, adjusted for seasonal variation, grew by 8 housand in August 2011, reaching 421 thousand or 5.4 percent of the labour force.

The Dutch government spent 2.2 billion euro less on disability benefits for young people (Wajong benefits) in 2010. This accounts for one fifth of the country’s total spending on disability benefits.

A total of 815 thousand people in the Netherlands would like to work twelve hours a week or more. Approximately half of them are not immediately available for the labour market or are not actively looking for a job.

At the end of June 2011, there were 137 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 2 thousand more than at the end of March. The private sector accounted entirely for the increase. The number of job vacancies grew for the fifth quarter running.

The most recent figures show that the number of social security benefits granted to people under the age of 65 has risen to 318 thousand in the second quarter of 2011.

The amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased for the fifth consecutive quarter. In the second quarter of 2011, it grew by more than 2 percent relative to the preceding quarter. This means growth was less substantial than in the first quarter, when the number of hours worked in temp jobs increased by nearly 4 percent.

Last year, the labour costs per year of employment increased by 1.4 percent, the smallest increase since 1989. The average annual increase over the past decade was 3.3 percent.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment totalled 413 thousand in July, exceeding the 400 thousand mark for the first time in 2011.

Adjusted for seasonal variation, 137 thousand vacacancies were open by the end of June, i.e. 2 thousand more than one quarter previously.

The number of unemployed men in the age category 25-45 has more than doubled over the past three years: from 46 thousand in the second quarter of 2008 to 99 thousand in the second quarter of 2011.

More and more employees in the Netherlands have a temporary employment contract that offers the likelihood of a permanent appointment. Most of them are younger employees

According to the latest figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment totalled 392 thousand in June 2011, a reduction by 9 thousand from May.

Over the past decade, the amount of jobs in the care sector increased by 385 thousand. Overall employment growth in the Netherlands was 515 thousand, so three quarters of new jobs in the past ten years were created in the care sector.

The average age of retirement for employees in the Netherlands had risen to 62.7 years in 2010 and the increase was observed across all sectors. More than 70 thousand employees went into retirement last year.

The number of job vacancies has increased further. At the end of March, there were 135 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 7 thousand more than at the end of December.

In March this year, there were 125 thousand nationals of EU member states in Central or Eastern Europe in the Netherlands, an increase by more than 20 percent relative to March last year; 37 thousand had registered as residents of a Dutch municipality.

In the first quarter of 2011, the youth unemployment rate in the Netherlands was 7.4 percent, i.e. lower than in all other member states of the European Union (EU). On average, more than one in every five people in the EU labour force aged between 15 and 25 were unemployed.

In May 2011 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached 400 thousand. This equals 5.1 percent of the labour force.

By the end of April this year, 2.9 million benefits were granted in the Netherlands under the General Old Age Pensions Act (AOW), an increase by nearly 14 thousand relative to March 2011.

In the first quarter of 2011, the number of jobs of employees grew by 34 thousand relative to the first quarter of 2010.

Couples where the man works full-time and the woman part-time are the least inclined to change their working hours.

Doctoral degree holders more often work on a full-time basis and are usually employed on a higher professional level than people without a doctorate.

Some 22 percent in the adult population were engaged in volunteer work in 2009. People with paid jobs almost as often did volunteer work as people who did not have paid jobs, but unemployed spent nearly twice as many hours on volunteer work.

Nearly half (49 percent) of the 330 thousand people on social security have children, but there are considerable differences between native Dutch and people with a non-western background. Native Dutch social security recipients are much more often single (46 percent) than their non-western counterparts (27 percent).

The number of job vacancies has increased further. At the end of March, there were 135 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 7 thousand more than at the end of December. The private sector accounted entirely for the increase, with a growth of about 8 thousand open vacancies relative to the preceding quarter. The number of job vacancies in the public sector remained stable over the same period. The figures are adjusted for seasonal effects

The number of unemployed people with a low level of education was 33 thousand lower in the first quarter of 2011 than twelve months previously.

According to figures, the number of income support benefits paid to people under the age of 65 rose further in the first quarter of 2011.

The amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased for the fourth time in a row. In the first quarter of 2011, it grew by nearly 6 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2010.

Results of the Dutch National Survey on Working Conditions carried out in the fall of 2010 by TNO and Statistics Netherlands show that over 15 percent of all employees was hindered in their work by unnecessary administration.

In April this year, 392 thousand people (5.0 percent of the labour force) were unemployed in the Netherlands. The figure is adjusted for seasonal variation.

According to the latest figures, 135 thousand vacancies were unfilled at the end of March this year, i.e. an increase by 7 thousand relative to the preceding quarter. Nearly all sectors contributed to the increase.

In 2010, 10.7 thousand people aged 15 years or older lived on Bonaire; 7.1 thousand of them had a job, which puts the labour participation rate for the island at 66.6 percent.

The number of people relying on social security varies widely across the Dutch provinces.

Tthe number of unemployed people in the Netherlands at 395 thousand in March 2011, after adjustment for seasonal effects

Last year, 59 thousand working days were lost to strikes in the Netherlands. In nearly four in ten strike days, the disputes concerned collectively negotiated (CAO) wages.

In the first quarter of this year, collectively negotiated (CAO) wages were 1.1 percent up on one year previously, the lowest wage increase since 2005. The highest increase in CAO wages (1.5 percent) was registered in the subsidised sector.

The number of job vacancies has increased marginally. At the end of December, there were 130 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 4 thousand more than at the end of September. The private sector accounted entirely for the increase, with vacancies about 6 thousand higher than in the preceding quarter. The number of job vacancies in the public sector declined. The figures are adjusted for seasonal effects.

The employed labour force in the Netherlands comprised nearly 7.4 million people in 2010. On average, they worked 34.4 hours a week versus 36.7 hours in 1996.

On 1 May 2010 136 thousand people living in the Netherlands were not insured for medical costs. This is 10 percent fewer than twelve months previously.

In the fourth quarter of last year, the number of jobs of employees grew by 34 thousand (0.4 percent) relative to the fourth quarter of 2009. For the first time in eighteen months, the number of jobs has grown on an annual basis.

Only 7 percent of unemployed chronic patients in 2008 had managed to find jobs one year later.

Adjusted for seasonal variation, 400 thousand persons (5.1 percent of the Dutch labour force) were registered as unemployed in February 2011. The number of unemployed remained stable in February.

Last year, unemployment increased in most provinces. The most substantial unemployment growth was recorded in South Holland.

In February, 535 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, nearly 50 more than in January.

The number of women who could not accept jobs of twelve hours or more a week, because they had to care for their families was reduced form 755 thousand in 2001 to 318 thousand in 2010.

The labour participation rate for Dutch women is the highest in the European Union (EU).

The latest figures published show that the number of social security benefits granted to people under the age of 65 has risen by 26 thousand over 2010. The number of social security benefits paid out at the end of last year was 307 thousand.

The amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased for the third time in a row. In the fourth quarter, it grew by more than 2 percent compared to the third quarter of 2010, but the growth rate is slowing down. In the second and third quarter, the number of hours worked in temp jobs grew by more than 5 and 3 percent respectively.

The number of people switching from one job to another typically increases if the economy is booming and declines if the economy is shrinking. In recent years, more people seem prepared to accept new positions.

Labour participation and economic independence of women increase in spite of crisis.

According to the most recent figures, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation was 398 thousand in January 2011, i.e. 5.1 percent of the labour force.

There were 130 thousand unfilled job vacancies by the end of last year.

Proportionally, the unemployment increase among people with a non-western background was the same in 2010 as in the native Dutch population.

By the end of November last year, 597 thousand disability benefits were paid out, a decrease by 109 thousand from five years ago. The total amount paid out has risen by more than 300 million euro in the past five years.

Seasonally-adjusted unemployment was 401 thousand in December 2010, a reduction by 8 thousand relative to November.

Wage rates negotiated under collective labour agreements (cao’s) were 1.3 percent higher in 2010 than in the previous year. This increase is significantly smaller than in 2009, when wages rose by 2.8 percent.

The number of jobs of employees in the third quarter of 2010 was 13 thousand (0.2 percent) down on the third quarter of 2009.

Last year, the average annual wage increase of employees was 2.5 percent relative to 2008.

The employment participation rate among mothers with a non-western background is significantly lower than among native Dutch mothers, but since 2006, employment among women with a non-western background has also risen. Most of these women work between 28 and 35 hours a week.

The seasonally adjusted Dutch unemployment figure in November 2010 stood at 409 thousand.

One quarter of employees in the private sector taking parental leave were partly or fully paid. With four in five, the proportion of employees on paid parental leave was significantly higher in the government sector and the care sector.

In the third quarter of 2010, some 5.7 million employees in the Netherlands had a permanent employment contract. This is 111 thousand, or 1.9 percent, fewer than twelve months previously.

In the third quarter of 2010 there were 708 thousand self-employed people without personnel in the Netherlands, up 27 thousand on the previous year. The economic crisis slashed the number of self-employed without personnel in the second half of 2009.

In the third quarter of 2010, one quarter of the Dutch population aged 15 to 64 years said they did not have or did not want a paid job of at least 12 hours a week.

301 thousand people aged under 65 years were claiming income support at the end of the third quarter of 2010.

Hourly wages of people with a non-western background working in the private sector tend to be lower than the wages of their native Dutch counterparts. Wage differences are smaller in the first than in the second generation.

The amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased by 3 percent in the third quarter of 2010 compared to the second quarter. Adjusted for seasonal variation, the index figure (2005=100) for the number of hours worked in stage A was 110.8, as against 107.6 in the previous quarter.

In the second quarter of this year, 78 thousand people were added to the unemployment ranks in comparison to the previous quarter. The amount is smaller than in the second quarter of 2009, when the number of unemployed grew by 89 thousand.

In 2008, nearly 68 thousand employees went into retirement. The average age was 62.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment figure for October 2010 stood at 410 thousand, i.e. 2 thousand fewer than in September.

Nearly 1.7 million people aged 15 to 64 years in the Netherlands had a disability affecting their capacity to work in 2009. This is 15 percent of all 15 to 64 year-olds.

After correction for seasonal effects there were 126 thousand job vacancies in the Netherlands at the end of September 2010.

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.

In 2010 the unions had 1.87 million members, 17 thousand fewer than in 2009. Union membership has remained fairly stable over the last 15 years.

The economic crisis pushed up unemployment in the Netherlands to 4.8 percent in 2009. This is still very low compared with the towering levels in the 1930s.

Adjusted for seasonal variation, 412 thousand persons were unemployed in September 2010.

Childcare provided by day care centres, after-school care and voluntary care were the main types of childcare in 2009 for more than half of the 1.4 million households in the Netherlands with one or two working parents.

Although the total social security debt has risen over the period 2002-2009, the number of debts has dropped by more than 100 thousand. The number of debts involving an amount of 2,500 euro or more has grown.

Collectively negotiated (CAO) wages were 1.3 percent higher in the third quarter of this year than in the same period in 2009. The increase is about the same as in the second quarter.

In recent years, the wage gap between men and women has gradually narrowed. Young men’s gross wages are on average approximately 10 percent higher than the wages of their female counterparts.

In the second quarter of this year, 63 thousand jobs of employees (0.8 percent) were lost compared to the second quarter of 2009.

386 thousand persons were unemployed in August 2010. Unemployment is obviously subject to seasonal variation. After correction for seasonal variation, 414 thousand persons were unemployed, a decline by 12 thousand relative to July.

The average gross annual wage of an employee in 2008 approached 30 thousand euro.

In the period April 2009−April 2010, 69 thousand employees received part-time unemployment (WW) benefits. Nearly half of them were employed in the metal industry.

At the end of June this year, 300 thousand social assistance benefits were paid to persons under the age of 65.

The number of hours worked in temp jobs increased by nearly 5 percent in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the first quarter.

In July this year, 449 thousand people were unemployed, i.e. 5.7 percent of the Dutch labour force.

At the end of last year, 1.4 million people, i.e. 12 percent of the population in the age category 15-64 received social assistance, unemployment (WW) or disability benefits.

Adjusted for seasonal variation, 115 thousand vacancies were unfilled at the end of June 2010.

In recent years, the number of people from Eastern European EU countries living in the Netherlands has risen rapidly, but relatively few receive social security or unemployment (WW) benefits. By the end of 2009, more than 1,000 WW benefits and more than 600 social security benefits were paid to nationals from Eastern European EU countries.

In June this year, 441 thousand persons in the Netherlands were unemployed, i.e. 5.6 percent of the labour force versus 4.9 percent in June 2009.

In March 2010, 100 thousand workers from EU countries in eastern Europe were employed in the Netherlands. This is 12 thousand more than twelve months previously.

Nearly one in six employees in the Netherlands who care for a relative suffering from a long-term illness or disability took leave to do so last year. Workers who care for a partner or child more often took leave than those caring for a parent.

From 22 July onwards, Statistics Netherlands will publish unemployment figures for single months. Until now, the unemployment figure was a three-month average.

Last year, there were 1.6 million couples with at least one underage child in the Netherlands. In 77 percent of these families both parents worked.

Collectively negotiated wage rates in the Netherlands were 1.2 percent higher on average in the second quarter of 2010 than twelve months previously. This is the smallest rise since 2005.

In the period 1996–2009, the education level of women in the age category 25–35 has improved significantly.

In the first quarter of this year, 156 thousand jobs of employees (2.0 percent) were lost compared to the first quarter of 2009. If seasonal effects are taken into account, 56 thousand jobs were lost relative to the fourth quarter of last year.

Shelf stacking, delivering newspapers and shop assistant are the most popular jobs secondary school pupils do next to their study.

Between 2008 and 2009, 773 thousand people changed jobs, a decrease by more than 100 thousand relative to the period 2007-2008. Changing jobs often also implies a change of working environment.

In the period March-May 2010, the number of unemployed persons in the Netherlands averaged 437 thousand, i.e. 5.6 percent of the labour force versus 4.6 percent in the same period last year.

The employed labour force in the Netherlands included an average 156 thousand temp agency workers in 2009, 41 thousand fewer than in the previous year. This was the largest year-on-year decrease since 1996.

The number of people younger than 65 years in the Netherlands claiming income support rose again in the first quarter of 2010.

The Dutch number of hours worked in temp jobs dropped by more than 1 percent in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.

In the period February-April 2010, unemployment in the Netherlands averaged 459 thousand.

Under the National Survivor Benefits Act (Anw), 105 thousand benefits were paid to claimants in March 2010. This is 9 thousand fewer than twelve months previously.

The job vacancies in the Netherlands at 113 thousand at the end of March 2010, after correction for seasonal effects.

The labour participation of over-50s in the Netherlands has risen substantially in recent years. Among the over-65s, it has even doubled since 2001.

On Wednesday 12 May 2010, Statistics Netherlands will publish a press release on job vacancies, with the outcomes of the vacancy statistics for the first quarter of 2010.

The share of employees in the Netherlands who say they want to work until they reach the age of 65 years has doubled in the space of four years: from 21 percent in 2005 to 42 percent in 2009

472 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period January-March 2010.

In the last quarter of 2009, the number of work disability benefits has risen marginally. For the first time in almost seven years, more work disability benefits were granted than terminated.

Last year, 25 strikes were organized in the Netherlands. The number of lost working days involved was the lowest since 1985.

The number of 15 to 25-year-olds without starter qualification who are no longer attending education has dropped significantly over the past decade.

In the first quarter of 2010, collectively negotiated (CAO) wages were 1.6 percent higher than one year previously. Since early 2009, the increase in CAO wages was reduced by more than half.

In the third quarter of 2009, nearly 400 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed; 24 percent managed to find new jobs of twelve hours a week or more within three months, as opposed to nearly 30 percent in the same period in 2008.

The sickness absence rate among Dutch employees was 4.6 percent on average in the fourth quarter of 2009. This is slightly higher than in the same quarter in 2008, when it was 4.4 percent.

In the fourth quarter of last year, 147 thousand jobs of employees were lost compared to the fourth quarter of 2008, a reduction by 1.8 percent.

An average of 441 thousand people (5.7 percent of the labour force) were unemployed Netherlands in the period December 2009–February 2010, as against 4.1 percent one year previously.

This article shows the results of a study of self-employed workers who made the switch tobecome paid employees. This study was a follow-up to a study on employees who startedup their own business and became self-employed.

Nearly one in twelve people in work would like to increase their working hours. Male part-timers more often want to increase their working hours than women and they appear to be more successful in achieving that too.

Mothers who work for 28 hours or more per week are more likely to be self-employed than women with no children living at home.

Unemployment had risen in all Dutch provinces last year relative to 2008. The most substantial increase was recorded in the province of North Brabant.

The amount of social security benefits to persons younger than 65 rose by 22 thousand in 2009.

The number of hours worked in temp jobs dropped by 2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 relative to the third quarter.

Nearly 960 thousand people in the Netherlands were self-employed in 2009, of whom 630 thousand did not employ others. In spite f the economic crisis they hardly worked less last year.

Last year, 38 percent of employees were doing overtime on a regular basis. This percentage has hardly changed in recent years and also remained stable during the economic crisis.

An average of 430 thousand persons were unemployed in the period November 2009-January 2010, i.e. 5.6 percent of the labour force.

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, the seasonally adjusted number of unfilled job vacancies was 122 thousand at the end of December 2009, i.e. 6 thousand fewer than in the previous quarter.

As a result of the economic crisis, unemployment in the non-western population in the Netherlands has risen in 2009 for the first time since 2005.

Nearly 40 percent of people younger than 65 years claim the special benefit for surviving relatives (Algemene Nabestaandenwet or Anw) within one year of their partner’s death. Most Anw benefits are claimed by women aged 55 years and older, and by people with underage children.

In the first quarter of 2009, there were nearly 630 thousand self-employed without personnel (zzp workers). Their number declined by more than 20 thousand relative to the third quarter of 2009.

In September 2009, there were 117 thousand workers from East European EU countries in the Netherlands, an increase by 5 thousand relative to one year previously. Although the rapid growth observed in the past two years has recently slowed down, the number of East European workers is still increasing.

According to figures from Statistics Netherlands, 410 thousand people on average were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period October- December 2009. This is the equivalent of 5.3 percent of the labour force. Twelve months previously this was still only 3.7 percent.

By the end of September this year, 608 thousand disablement benefits were granted under the Occupational Disability Act (WAO) or the Labour Capacity Act (WIA). More than 291 thousand benefit recipients were women, nearly half of the total.

In the third quarter of 2009 there were 140 thousand jobs of employees less than in the third quarter of 2008. This is the biggest drop in over 25 years.

In the third quarter of 2009, more than 40 thousand people, i.e. 5 thousand more than one year previously, would like to have paid jobs, but were not actively seeking, because they thought their chances on the labour market were slim.

In the period September-November 2009 there were on average 400 thousand people unemployed. This constitutes 5.2 percent of the labour force.

Youth unemployment among 15 to 23-year-olds has risen more substantially in 2009 than among 23 to 65-year-olds. Unemployment rose rapidly among young people without a basic qualification.

Lower educated women are less often active on the labour market than women educated at secondary or higher level

Early this year, 90 thousand employees living in Belgium or Germany were working in the Netherlands. The number of cross-border commuters has increased considerably over the past decade.

Employees with a flexible contract have been affected most by the recent downward trend on the labour market.

The number of income support benefits paid to people younger than 65 years has risen for the third quarter in a row.

The number of hours worked in temp jobs dropped by 3 percent in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the second quarter.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment reached 403 thousand in the period August-October 2009, breaking the 400 thousand barrier for the first time in nearly three years.

By the end of last year, more than one third of employees indicated they were ready to work until the age of 65. Considerably fewer people (only 12 percent) were prepared to continue to work beyond 65.

In the third quarter of 2009, nearly 11 percent of people with a non-western ethnic background living in the Netherlands were unemployed, as opposed to 8 percent one year previously. The young and male non-western population in the Netherlands were seriously affected by the recession.

The number of unfilled vacancies has stabilised in the third quarter of 2009.

By the end of the third quarter of 2009, nearly 242 thousand regular unemployment (WW) benefits were granted, i.e. 21 thousand more than in the previous quarter. Additionally, 36 thousand part-time WW benefits were paid, an increase by 17 thousand in three months. In the third quarter of this year, the amounts involved were 1 billion euro (WW benefits) and 72 million euro (part-time WW benefits).

Some 373 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the second quarter of 2009. One quarter later, 22 percent had found a new job.

Some 85 thousand people in the Netherlands lost their job in the first eight months of 2009.

In the first six months of 2009, unemployment grew in those sectors where the number of male employees is relatively high, e.g. business services, manufacturing industry, trade and transport and communication. In sectors women constitute the majority, e.g. education, fewer people lost their jobs.

An average of 394 thousand people were unemployed in the period July-September 2009, i.e. 5.0 percent of the labour force, as against 3.7 percent one year ago.

Between 1996 and 2008, the gross labour participation rate of 50 to 65-year-olds has risen from 42 to 58 percent.

Nearly six out of ten Dutch employees worked irregular hours in 2008. Relatively more men than women, and more young than older employees had irregular working hours.

In the third quarter of 2009, CAO wages were 2.4 percent higher than one year previously. The increase is evidently lower than in the first two quarters.

In June 2009, there were 104 thousand workers from Eastern European EU member states in the Netherlands, about as many as in June 2008. The sharp increase in recent years has almost completely come to a standstill in the second quarter of 2009. In the period June 2007–June 2008, the annual growth still amounted to more than 40 thousand.

In the second quarter of this year, the number of jobs of employees declined by 72 thousand relative to the second quarter of 2008.

In 2008, one in five employees working in paid employment for at least twelve hours a week were members of a trade union. In recent years, trade union membership rates have fallen considerably.

On average, 390 thousand persons were unemployed in the period June-August 2009, i.e. 5.0 percent of the labour force, as against 3.8 percent one year earlier.

The number of part-time unemployment benefits was nearly 19 thousand by the end of June.

In 2007, the turnover generated in sheltered workshops totalled 1.3 billion euro. The bulk was realised in the sector maintenance of parks and public gardens.

In 2008, there were more than 640 thousand self-employed without personnel (ZZP workers) in the Netherlands. Their number has risen sharply over the past twelve years but in the second quarter of 2009 growth came to a standstill.

A smaller number of women than a few years ago work shorter hours after having their first baby. Only women who worked full-time before the birth of their first child still mostly cut back their working hours.

The number of social security benefits paid to under-65s has increased for the second consecutive quarter.

The number of hours worked in temp jobs dropped by 6 percent in the second quarter of 2009 compared to the first quarter.

Unemployment in the young population is rising rapidly; from 9.3 percent in the second quarter of 2008 to 11.4 percent in the same period this year. Young people are often the first to suffer the consequences of a recession.

An average 386 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the period May-July 2009. This is the equivalent of 4.9 percent of the labour force.

The number of unfilled vacancies again saw a substantial drop in the second quarter of 2009.

Fewer employees took parental leave in 2008 than in previous years, but the average leave period increased.

Between 2007 and 2008, 880 thousand people changed jobs, as against just over 600 thousand between 2004 and 2005.

The Netherlands has the highest rate of part-timers within the European Union (EU). This applies to both genders.

Unemployment averaged 373 thousand (4.8 percent of the Dutch labour force) in the period April-June 2009, as against 4.0 percent in the same period in 2008.

In 2008, the large majority of workers in the Netherlands, nearly 86 percent, were satisfied with their working hours.

Collectively negotiated wage rates were 3.0 percent higher in the second quarter of 2009 than in the same period last year. This increase is substantially smaller than the 3.7 percent rise in the first quarter.

The Dutch labour participation rate in 2008 was among the highest in the European Union (EU). In fact, the rate for Dutch men was the highest in the EU.

The sickness absence rate of Dutch employees was 4.7 percent on average in the first quarter of 2009.

In the first quarter of 2009 there were 23 thousand more jobs of employees than in the same quarter of 2008. This brought the number of jobs to 7.9 million.

Some 11 thousand more unemployment benefits (WW) were paid out in April 2009 than the month before. This brings the seasonally adjusted figure to 203 thousand.

An average 358 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period March-May 2009.

At the end of March this year, 263 thousand persons were living on social security, an increase by 4 thousand relative to the end of 2008.

Last year, 2.5 percent the Dutch employed population worked at home on a regular basis. It concerned foster parents, computer programmers or journalists.

Employees who lack support from their colleagues more often report sick than those who receive support from their working environment.

The labour participation rate among 55 to 65-year-olds has increased considerably over the period 2001-2008.

In the period February-April 2009 unemployment averaged 360 thousand. This equals 4.6 percent of the labour force.

At the end of 2008, 1.2 million households in the Netherlands were claiming at least one social security benefit. This means that one in five households with at least one person aged 15-65 years receives survivors’ benefit, income support, unemployment benefit or disability benefit.

The sharp decline in the number of unfilled vacancies continued into the first quarter of 2009.

In the first quarter of 2009, the unemployment rate in the Netherlands was 4.4 percent, the same as one year previously, but unemployment rates for men and young people were higher than in the first quarter of 2008.

At the end of 2008 show that by the end of last year, one million employees (18 percent) reported they were concerned about losing their jobs.

An average of 341 thousand persons (4.4 percent of the labour force) were unemployed in the period January-March 2009.

In the first quarter of 2009, collectively negotiated (CAO) wages were 3.7 percent up on one year previously.

Last year, there were 119 thousand long-term unemployed, 27 thousand fewer than in 2007. Unemployment dropped markedly among older and secondary-educated long-term unemployed.

Last year's sickness absence rate for Dutch employees averaged 4.3 percent. The lowest rate was recorded among people employed in agriculture. Since 2004, the sickness absence rate in the Netherlands has been all but stable.

The number of jobs of employees grew by 108 thousand in the fourth quarter of last year relative to the same quarter of 2007. Employment also grew relative to the third quarter.

The amount of partial AOW benefits has tripled over the past two decades.

Unemployment over the period December 2008 - February 2009 averaged 314 thousand (4.1 percent of the labour force).

Last year, 462 thousand parents in the Netherlands received a childcare allowance, 77 thousand more than in 2007. Total costs of childcare amounted to 3.2 billion euro; parents received 2.6 billion euro in compensation.

The percentage of mothers working in part-time jobs increased further in 2008. Last year, nearly six in ten women with underage children worked on a part-time basis.

In 2008, unemployment declined in nearly all Dutch provinces. The lowest unemployment rate was recorded in Utrecht, the highest in Groningen.

Last year, the number of social security benefits paid to under-65s was reduced by 15 thousand.

The number of new cases under the Work and Income according to Labour Capacity Act (WIA) is growing gradually. In the first half of last year, 12 thousand new disability benefits were granted, as against 9 and 11 thousand respectively in the same period in 2006 and 2007.

For the first time since the second quarter of 2005, the number of unemployment benefits has increased again.

An average of 298 thousand persons, i.e. 3.9 percent of the labour force were unemployed in the period November 2008 - January 2009.

In 2008, nearly 60 percent of women participated on the labour market. After 2005, female labour participation has annually risen by 2 percentage points.

Unemployment fell slightly in 2008 among people in the Netherlands with a non-western foreign background.

Sickness absence among Dutch employees was an average 3.9 percent in the third quarter of 2008.

There was a dramatic reduction in the amount of unfilled vacancies by 54 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2008 relative to the third quarter.

Mothers working long hours, more often use formal child care facilities than mothers with small jobs.

Unemployment averaged 285 thousand in the period October-December 2008, i.e. 3.7 percent of the labour force.

Collectively agreed (CAO) wages rose by 3.3 percent in 2008 relative to one year previously. The increase is much more substantial than in 2007, when wages rose by 2.1 percent.

In 2007, 60 percent of Dutch households where the mother had attained a high education level made use of childcare facilities. This is nearly twice as often as for households where the mother was lower educated.

In two thirds of couples, both partners held a paid job in 2007. Among couples with children, the most common combination turned out to be a full-time job plus a part-time job.

Tension on the Dutch labour market remained high in 2008. The period of fast increasing labour shortage seems to be over, though, and the first signs of an increasing labour supply can be seen towards the end of the year.

According to figures from Statistics Netherlands, there were 108 thousand more jobs for employees in the Netherlands in the third quarter of 2008 than in the same quarter in 2007. This is an increase of 1.4 percent.

According to figures released today by Statistics Netherlands, an average 280 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period September–November 2008.

In September 2008, more than 161 thousand unemployment (WW) benefits were paid. The number has declined relative to the end of the last economic boom.

In the third quarter of 2008, the number of benefits paid to under-65s dropped further to 262 thousand, i.e. more than 6 thousand down on the second quarter.

In the four major Dutch cities, the labour participation rate of the male population was below the nationwide average.

Currently, more than 1 million people in the Netherlands hold a university degree. Nearly 70 thousand obtained a doctorate in the period 2004-2007.

The most recent unemployment figures show that unemployment averaged 276 thousand in the period August-October 2008, i.e. 3.6 percent of the labour force, as opposed to 4.0 percent one year previously.

In 2007, more than one million persons managed a group of at least five people, i.e. 14 percent of the employed labour force. The percentage of managers is relatively high in the categories men, older people and full-timers.

The number of women unable or not prepared to work, because they have to look after their families has almost been reduced by half from 735 thousand in 2001 to 373 thousand in 2007.

In September 2008 118 thousand people were claiming a benefit under the National Survivor’s Benefits Act (Algemene nabestaandenwet). This is 8 thousand fewer than twelve months previously.

More than 7 percent of children in the Netherlands under 18 years of age lived in a household that dependent on income support in 2007. This is a total of just over 250 thousand children.

The number of job vacancies remained high in the Netherlands in the third quarter of 2008.

By the end of August 2008, the comparatively highest number of unemployment benefits ((16 thousand in total) were paid out in the province of Limburg.

The number of people who had a job wile also providing voluntary care for a sick relative was about the same in 2007 as in 2005. Employees did take more time off to provide this care in 2007. The use of short-term care leave in particular increased.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment in the European Union was 6.9 percent in August 2008. The Netherlands had the lowest rate: 2.6 percent.

Relatively more income support claimants with under-age children participated in re-integration programmes than households without children in 2007.

The number of people in deprived dsitricts in the Netherlands claiming income support benefit for at least three years fell by relatively more in 2007 than average for the whole country.

An average 284 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period July-September 2008. This is the equivalent of 3.7 percent of the labour force. In the same period last year the unemployment rate was still 4.3 percent.

The average age of people employed in education was over 43 years in 2007. This makes education the ‘greyest’ sector of employment in the Netherlands.

In 2007, one in eleven (575 thousand) workers in the employed labour force worked flexible hours. The share of flex workers has risen since 2003 after years of decline, but the high level of the late 1990s has as yet not been reached.

In the second quarter of 2008, the number of jobs of employees increased by 154 thousand (2.0 percent) relative to the same quarter last year.

In the period June-August 2008, the number of unemployed persons averaged 294 thousand, i.e. 3.8 percent of the labour force, as opposed to 4.4 percent in the same period last year.

Since 2004, the proportion of employed among non-school going young people has increased. Young people with a basic qualification benefited more from the booming economy than those without a basic qualification.

In the second quarter of 2008, the number of social security benefits paid to under-65s was reduced by 2.6 thousand to 268 thousand.

In the second quarter of 2008, the employed labour force included 7.4 million persons. Employment has risen continually since the fourth quarter of 2005. The part-time labour force is growing far more rapidly than the full-time labour force.

In the period May-July 2008, unemployment averaged 308 thousand, i.e. 4.0 percent of the labour force.

The number of vacancies in the second quarter of 2008 remained high. Adjusted for seasonal variation, 240 thousand vacancies were unfilled at the end of June 2008, only 2 thousand down on the previous quarter.

In the period April-June this year, average unemployment was 310 thousand, i.e. 4.0 percent of the labour force versus 4.6 percent in the period April-June 2007.

Collectively negotiated wage rates were 3.4 percent higher in the second quarter of 2008 than twelve months previously. This increase is substantially larger than in the first quarter, when wages were 2.8 percent higher.

There were 172 thousand more employees in the Netherlands in the first quarter of 2008 than in the same quarter last year. This 2.2 percent increase is high in a historical perspective, but still lower than the 2.7 percent in 2007.

Families with three or more children under 13 years of age use formal childcare provisions less often than smaller families.

In the period March-May 2008 an average of 313 thousand people was unemployed. This equals 4.1 percent of the labour force. A year earlier the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent.

The entrepreneurs in the manufacturing industry expect an 11 percent increase in investments on 2007.

The number of welfare benefits paid to people under 65 fell to 271 thousand in the first quarter of 2008.

The average number of unemployed stood at 326 thousand in the period February-April 2008, i.e. 4.2 percent of the Dutch labour force, as against 5.0 percent one year ago.

By the end of 2007, the municipalities of Reiderland, Pekela and Veendam in the province of Groningen had the highest proportion of young social security claimants.

The number of job vacancies fell slightly in the first quarter of 2008. After correction for seasonal effects, there were 242 thousand job vacancies at the end of March 2008.

In the fourth quarter of 2007, the employed labour force comprised 7.3 million people. Approximately 5.8 million were employed on a permanent basis, nearly 570 thousand worked flexible hours.

One in five mothers who do not work or who have a part-time job want to work for more hours a week. Their reason for not doing so is hardly ever a shortage of suitable childcare.

Unemployment has fallen dramatically in recent years. Initially, only among short-term unemployed, but in 2007 the reduction among long-term unemployed was more substantial than among short-term unemployed.

Just over half of women with under age children had a part-time job in 2007. This is more than in 2006.

About 40 percent of labour migrants, who have come to the Netherlands since 1999, leave the country within four years. The lowest and top incomes are more prone to leave the Netherlands than persons living on middle incomes.

Most employees who lose their job as a consequence of mass redundancy find work again quite quickly. However, there are large differences between groups of dismissed employees.

An average 336 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the period January-March 2008. This is 4.4 percent of the labour force. Twelve months previously 5.3 percent of the labour force were unemployed.

In December last year, 167 thousand young disabled received labour disablement benefits under the Disablement Provision Act for Disabled from an Early Age (Wajong), as against 155 thousand one year previously.

Collectively negotiated wage rates were 2.7 percent higher in the first quarter of 2008 than twelve months previously.

More than 300 thousand people in the Netherlands were claiming income support at the end of 2005. One in ten of them came off the benefit in the course of 2006.

There were 7.8 million paid jobs in the Netherlands in the fourth quarter of 2007. This is an increase by 170 thousand relative to one year previously.

An average 321 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the period December 2007- February 2008. This is the equivalent of 4.2 percent of the labour force.

The fall in unemployment among people with a non-western foreign background in the Netherlands quickened in 2007.

If the situation on the labour market deteriorates, work disabled individuals are hit harder than the population as a whole.

In 2006, 48 percent of people aged between 55 and 65 years in the Netherlands had a paid job. This is more than in 2000, when 38 percent of this group were still working.

After the birth of their first child, most mothers continueworking, preferably part-time. As their children grow older, mothers rarely start working longer hours.

In 2007, the number of income support benefits declined markedly for the third year running. At the end of December, 275 thousand benefits were received, 27 thousand fewer than one year previously.

In the period November 2007-January 2008, an average of 308 thousand people were unemployed, corresponding to 4.0 percent of the labour force, as against 5.0 percent in the same period one year previously.

The number of job vacancies in the Netherlands remains high.

Last year, an average of 344 thousand people were unemployed, i.e. 69 thousand fewer than in 2006.

The increase in collectively negotiated wages (CAO) was 2.0 percent in 2007. The wage increase is the same as in 2006, although there is a difference.

In the period September-November 2007, an average of 306 thousand persons (4.0 percent of the employed labour force) were unemployed as against 5.2 percent in the same period last year.

In the second quarter of 2007, the number of jobs for employees had grown by 206 thousand relative to the same quarter last year.

In the third quarter of 2007, the number of under-65s receiving income support continued to fall.

The number of job vacancies has never been so high.

An average 307 thousand people were out of work in the Netherlands in the period August-October 2007. This is the equivalent of 4.0 percent of the labour force.

328 thousand persons (4.3 percent of the total labour force) were unemployed in the period July-September 2007.

An average 342 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period June-August 2007. This is the equivalent of 4.4 percent of the labour force.

The number of people aged under 65 claiming income support benefit fell by 7 thousand in the second quarter of 2007. 290 thousand people were claiming income support at the end of June 2007.

The number of unemployed averaged 363 thousand in the period May-July 2007.

Adjusted for seasonal effects, there were 225 thousand unfilled vacancies at the end of June.

Unemployment was 346 thousand on average in the second quarter of 2007. This is the equivalent of 4.6 percent of the labour force.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment averaged 347 thousand in the period March-May 2007; this is 7 thousand below the average over the period February-April.

The number of people younger than 65 years claiming income support fell to 297 thousand in the first quarter of 2007.

The number of job vacancies in the Netherlands fell slightly in the first quarter of 2007. After correction for seasonal effects, there were 212 thousand vacancies at the end of March 2007. This is 10 thousand fewer than in the previous quarter.

Seasonally corrected unemployment was 357 thousand on average in the period February- April 2007. This is 17 thousand down on the period January-March.

After correction for seasonal effects, 379 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the first quarter of 2007.

The number of job vacancies in the Netherlands rose slightly in the fourth quarter of 2006. After correction for seasonal effects, there were 225 thousand vacancies at the end of December.

The number of income support claimants under 65 years of age fell by 27 thousand to 302 thousand last year. This is the lowest level for 25 years.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment averaged 380 thousand in the period November 2006–January 2007, a reduction by 12 thousand relative to the period October-December 2006.

Unemployment among people in the Netherlands with a non-western foreign background has fallen slightly. The decrease was completely accounted for by the youngest age groups. For people with a non-western foreign background aged over 25 years unemployment did not decrease at all. Unemployment among people with a non-western foreign background fell more slowly than that among the native Dutch population.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment averaged 394 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2006, a reduction by 11 thousand relative to the period September-November 2006.

In the third quarter of 2006 there were 110 thousand more jobs for employees in the Netherlands than in the same quarter last year.

According to the most recent figures, unemployment – after adjustment for seasonal variation.

The number of people aged under 65 years claiming income support fell by nearly 11 thousand in the third quarter of 2006. This is the largest quarterly decrease since 1999.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment in the period August-October 2006 averaged 413 thousand, almost the same as in the period July-September 2006.

With 219 thousand, the seasonally corrected amount of unfilled job vacancies in the Netherlands hit a record high at the end of September 2006.

Seasonally corrected unemployment in the period July-September 2006 averaged 417 thousand.

The seasonally corrected unemployment figure in the period June-August 2006 averaged 400 thousand. This is 5 thousand less than in the period May-July 2006.

The number of welfare benefits paid to people aged under 65 in the second quarter of 2006 was down by nearly 5 thousand.

The number of job vacancies in the Netherlands rose by 17 thousand in the second quarter of 2006.

In the first quarter of 2006 there were 35 thousand more jobs than in the last quarter of 2005.

An average 430 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period March-May 2006.

The number of welfare benefits fell again in the first quarter of 2006. On 31 March 2006 there were 326 thousand people on welfare benefits, well over 2 thousand less than in the previous quarter.

After correction for seasonal effects, figures released today put the number of job vacancies in the first quarter of 2006 at 172 thousand.

There were on average 447 thousand people unemployed in the Netherlands in the period February-April 2006. The seasonally corrected figure was 427 thousand, 8 thousand less than in the period January-March 2006.

460 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the first quarter of 2006.

There were slightly more jobs in the fourth quarter of 2005 than in the third quarter. After corrections for seasonal effects the number of employee jobs rose by 9 thousand.

An average 455 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period December 2005-February 2006. After correction for seasonal effects the number comes to 452 thousand.

In 2005, the number of people in the Netherlands claiming the three most important types of social security benefits declined. The total number of labour disablement benefits dropped by over 60 thousand; income support benefits dropped by 11 thousand and unemployment benefits by 18 thousand.

The number of job vacancies remained high in the fourth quarter of 2005. After correction for seasonal effects, there 169 thousand job vacancies at the end of 2005.

In the period November 2005-January 2006, the unemployment figure in the Netherlands averaged 450 thousand. The seasonally adjusted figure stood at 460 thousand, a decrease by 8 thousand on the fourth quarter of 2005.

Unemployment among non-western foreigners in the Netherlands hardly rose in 2005. For native Dutch people, too, unemployment remained at about the same level.

In the third quarter of 2005 the number of jobs was slightly higher than in the second quarter. The seasonally corrected figures show an increase of 7 thousand jobs of employees.

For the first time in ten years, the number of people in the Netherlands claiming a social benefit has decreased across the board.

The number of unfilled vacancies increased by 37 thousand in the third quarter of 2005. Corrected for seasonal effects, there were 174 thousand open vacancies at the end of September 2005.

There were about the same number of jobs in the second quarter of 2005 as in the first. The seasonally adjusted figure shows an increase of 4 thousand jobs of employees.

An average 490 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period June-August 2005. After adjustment for seasonal effects the number was 487 thousand, 4 thousand less than in the period May-July 2005.

In 2004 some 16 percent of people aged 15-64 were hampered in finding or carrying out paid jobs due to chronic complaints, illness or disabilities.

According to the latest figures by Statistics Netherlands the number of unfilled vacancies did not increase any further in the second quarter of 2005. On 30 June 2005 the seasonally corrected figure for unfilled vacancies was 137 thousand. This is 4 thousand less than in the quarter before.

In the period May-July 2005 there were on average 499 thousand people unemployed. The seasonally corrected figure was 493 thousand, the same as in April-June 2005. Seasonally corrected unemployment has been constant for about six months.

Figures on the number of income support benefits on 8 July 2005 were incorrect. The number of income support benefits did not rise substantially in the first quarter of 2005 but remained more or less stable at 337 thousand.

In the second quarter of 2005 unemployment in the Netherlands averaged 494 thousand.

The number of people in the Netherlands claiming income support rose substantially in the first quarter of 2005. The number of unemployment benefits rose slightly, and the number of disablement benefits fell sharply in the first three months of 2005.

The number of employee jobs was 75 thousand lower in the first quarter of 2005 than twelve months previously. After seasonal corrections the number of jobs was 21 thousand lower in the first quarter than in the fourth quarter of 2004.

Workers in the Netherlands were again less satisfied with their earnings and their prospects of promotion in 2004 than in 2003. Men were more satisfied on both aspects than women, but the differences between the sexes has diminished in recent years.

An average 503 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period March-May 2005. After adjustment for seasonal effects the number came to 498 thousand, the same as in the period February-April 2005.

The number of job vacancies rose further in the first quarter of 2005. At the end of March 141 thousand vacancies were open, 13 thousand more than in the previous quarter.

There were 516 thousand registered unemployed in the Netherlands in the period February-April 2005. If seasonal effects are taken into account, unemployment amounted to half a million, an increase by 3 thousand compared to the period January-March 2005.

An average 518 thousand people were out of work in the Netherlands in the first quarter of 2005. This is 7.0 percent of the labour force. After correction for seasonal effects unemployment comes to 498 thousand, 8 thousand higher than in the period December 2004-February 2005.

The number of people claiming income support in the Netherlands remained fairly stable in 2004. The number of people receiving unemployment benefit did increase, but the rise has slowed down substantially. The number of people receiving incapacity benefit continues to fall.

In the fourth quarter of 2004 there were 92 thousand jobs of employees less than in the fourth quarter van 2003. This brought job losses down to under 100 thousand for the first time in a year. The wage costs per employee were up by 2.4 percent on the year before. The rise in wage costs in 2004 was the lowest since 1997.

In the period December 2004 - February 2005 there were on average 495 thousand unemployed people in the Netherlands. The seasonally corrected unemployment figure was 490 thousand, about the same as the 488 thousand in the period November 2004 - January 2005.

The number of vacancies increased marginally in the fourth quarter of 2004. After adjustment for seasonal effects, there were 128 thousand unfilled vacancies on 31 December 2004, that is 2 thousand up on the third quarter.

In the period November 2004–January 2005 there were on average 479 thousand people unemployed in the Netherlands. In the past three months an average 6.4 percent of the Dutch labour force were unemployed. One year ago 6.0 percent were unemployed.

335 thousand people in the Netherlands were claiming income support at the end of September 2004. This is 3 thousand fewer than at the end of the previous quarter. The number started to fall in the second quarter of 2004, after a period of continuous increase. The number of people claiming unemployment benefit was 310 thousand at the end of September. The rate of increase in the number of unemployment benefits in the first three quarters of 2004 was half that in the same period in 2003. The number of people claiming disability benefit was 4 thousand lower in the third quarter, at 964 thousand at the end of September.

335 thousand people in the Netherlands were claiming income support at the end of September 2004. This is 3 thousand fewer than at the end of the previous quarter. The number started to fall in the second quarter of 2004, after a period of continuous increase. The number of people claiming unemployment benefit was 310 thousand at the end of September. Although after seasonal correction the number of unemployment benefits was still higher, the rate of the increase was half that in 2003. The number of people claiming disability benefit was 4 thousand lower in the third quarter, at 964 thousand at the end of September,

The official Dutch unemployment rate was rising at the end of 2004. In the fourth quarter of 2004 the number of unemployed in the Netherlands averaged 473 thousand. The seasonally corrected unemployment figure reached 492 thousand, up 13 thousand on the period September-November 2004 and up 28 thousand on the third quarter. Over the last three months an average of 6.3 percent of the labour force was unemployed. A year earlier this was 5.5 percent.

In the third quarter of 2004 there were 109 thousand employee jobs less than in the third quarter of 2003. In the second quarter of 2004 the number of job losses was 119 thousand.

An average 470 thousand people were out of work in the Netherlands in the period September – November 2004. Unemployment is always lower at this time of year because of seasonal effects. Once these effects have been removed, unemployment comes to 480 thousand in this period, 4 thousand more than in the period August-October this year.

The third quarter of 2004 saw a slight increase in the number of vacancies. On 30 September 2004 there were 125 thousand unfilled vacancies. This is the seasonally corrected figure. Compared to the second quarter this is an increase of 3 thousand.

An average 461 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the three months from August to October. After correction for seasonal effects, unemployment came to 476 thousand in this period. This is 16 thousand higher than in the period July to September. Seasonally corrected unemployment is therefore up again for the first time in four months.

The Dutch economy saw a growth of 1.4 percent in the third quarter of 2004 compared to the third quarter of 2003. This is the highest growth rate in three years. Employment decreased a little less in the third quarter than in the two preceding quarters.

An average 460 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the third quarter of 2004. After correction for seasonal effects total unemployment amounted to 460 thousand in this period.

the number of welfare benefits claims on 30 June 2004 was 339 thousand, the same as in March. It is the first time in 18 months that there was no increase in the number of welfare benefits claims.

In the second quarter of 2004 there were 119 thousand employee jobs less than in the second quarter of 2003. This means job losses increased to 1.6 percent. The private sector had 148 thousand fewer jobs than the the year before. Jobs in government and care together were up by 29 thousand. The increase in wage costs per employee was reduced to 1.9 percent.

An average 478 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the period June-August 2004. Seasonal effects always have an upward effect on unemployment at this time of year. Once these effects are removed, the unemployed labour force comes to 470 thousand. This is 6 thousand lower than in the period May-July 2004.

The number of job vacancies in the Netherlands rose further in the second quarter of 2004. After adjustment for seasonal effects there were 121 thousand vacancies at the end of June. This is 8 thousand more than in the previous quarter.

An average 485 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period May – July 2004. This is 78 thousand more than in the same period in 2003.

The Dutch economy in the second quarter of 2004 saw a 1.0 percent growth rate compared to one year earlier. The growth rate is virtually the same as in the first quarter of 2004. Although employment in the second quarter of 2004 fell, it did so by less than in the previous quarters.

486 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the second quarter of 2004. This is 90 thousand more than in the second quarter of 2003. In the first quarter of 2004 the year-on-year increase was 128 thousand.

In the first quarter of 2004 the number of unemployments benefits (WW) grew again and totalled 311 thousand at the end of March but the growth rate is slowing down. The number of benefits paid under the National Assistance Act (ABW) grew steadily to reach 339 thousand at the end of March 2004. The number of labour disablement benefits (WAO) continued to drop; 972 thousand persons received this type of benefit at the end of March, a reduction of 10 thousand compared to the preceding quarter.

In the first quarter of 2004 there were 107 thousand employee jobs less than in the first quarter of 2003. This means that job losses reached 1.4 percent. For the first time the number of women’s jobs was down on the previous year. There were 153 thousand fewer jobs in the private sector. The number of jobs in government and care was up 46 thousand. The wage cost increase per employee fell to 2.6 percent.

In the period March – May 2004 an average of 495 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands. That is 109 thousand more than in the same period last year.In the last three months an average of 6.6 percent of the labour force was unemployed. In the same period last year this was 5.2 percent.

In April 2004 the turnover of the Dutch retail trade was 1.5 percent lower than in April 2003. Turnovers have been lower than in the same month of the previous year ever since March 2003. Retail prices in April were down by 1.4 percent on April 2003. Turnover volume stayed virtually the same. Turnover developments in the retail trade in April 2004 were positively influenced by a favourable shopping day pattern compared to April 2003.

The Netherlands had an average of 499 thousand unemployed in the period February – April of 2004. This is 113 thousand more than in the same period of 2003.Over the last three months an average of 6.6 percent of the labour force was unemployed, versus 5.2 percent in the same period last year.

An average half a million people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the first quarter of 2004. This is 128 thousand more than in the same quarter last year. In the last three months, 6.6 percent of the Dutch labour force were out of work on average. One year ago this was only 5.0 percent.

The number of unemployment benefits (WW) increased in the fourth quarter of 2003 to a total of 287 thousand at the end of 2003. Unemployment benefits increased by an average of 6 thousand a month during the second half of 2003. The increase was less than during the first six months of 2003.

The number of job vacancies did not fall further in the fourth quarter of 2003. After correction for seasonal effects, there were 100 thousand job vacancies at the end of December 2003. This is 7 thousand more than in the previous quarter. It is the first time in nearly three years that the number of vacancies did not decrease.

According to figures released, an average 468 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the period December 2003-February 2004. This is 128 thousand up on the same period twelve months previously.

There were 143 thousand jobs fewer in the Dutch private sector in the fourth quarter of 2003 than twelve months previously. As the number of jobs in the government and care sectors grew by 68 thousand, the net decrease in the number of employee jobs was 75 thousand. This is 1 percent down on the second quarter of 2002. The increase in wage costs fell to 3.1 percent.

In the period November 2003 – January 2004 the Netherlands averaged 444 thousand unemployed. This is an increase of 126 thousand compared to the same period last year.

An average 416 thousand people were out of work in the Netherlands in the last quarter of 2003. This is 100 thousand more than in the same period in 2002.

After adjustment for seasonal effects, 273 thousand people in the Netherlands were claiming unemployment benefit at the end of September 2003. This is 20 thousand more than at the end of the previous quarter. The rate of increase in the number of people receiving this benefit was noticeably higher in 2003 than in 2002. The number of people on income support rose by 2 thousand in the second quarter of 2003, to 327 thousand at the end of June.