Dutch job vacancy numbers rebound

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19 March 2004, AMSTERDAM — The number of job vacancies in the Netherlands rebounded in the latter part of last year, after a continuous drop since the start of 2001.

19 March 2004

AMSTERDAM — The number of job vacancies in the Netherlands rebounded in the latter part of last year, after a continuous drop since the start of 2001.

The Central Bureau of Statistics said on Friday that there were 100,000 vacancies at the end of December 2003, some 7,000 more than the previous quarter.

"It is the first time in nearly three years that the number of vacancies that the number of vacancies did not decrease," the CBS, which refers to itself in English as Statistics Netherlands, said.

Its latest report said that the number of job vacancies fell continuously from the first quarter of 2001 to the third quarter of 2003.

The agency cautioned against over-optimism about the prospects for increased employment in the Netherlands.

"The rise in the fourth quarter of 2003 had put an end to this decrease, although it is too early to conclude that that this is a turning point on the basis of just one quarter," the CBS said.

The increase in the fourth quarter was mainly due to higher job numbers in the trade and in business services, where they rose by 4,000 and 2,000 respectively.

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Subject: Dutch News and employment in the Netherlands

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