346,000 still unemployed

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19 July 2007, VOORBURG – The number of unemployed people in the Netherlands continues to decrease. Some 346,000 people were without work in the second quarter of 2007. That amounts to 4.6 of the working population.

19 July 2007

VOORBURG – The number of unemployed people in the Netherlands continues to decrease. Some 346,000 people were without work in the second quarter of 2007. That amounts to 4.6 of the working population.

Statistics Netherlands published its newest unemployment figures on Thursday. The number of unemployed persons fell by 6,000 a month in the first half of this year. Last year the unemployment rate for the second quarter was 5.5 percent.

The Centre for Work and Income (CWI) also published figures on job seekers. It reports that the number of people registered with the CWI to find a job has dipped under a half million for the first time in five years.

499,619 people were registered with the CWI in June, 13,288 fewer than in May. Almost 700,000 people were registered with the CWI in 2005, and more than 600,000 were registered last year.

It is mainly young people and the highly educated who are finding jobs easily because of the economic growth, but unemployed people between the ages of 45 and 55 are also returning to the workplace. This age group was lagging behind in finding jobs a year ago.

The demand for personnel is especially great in retail, the care sector, public administration and the catering industry.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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