Minority unemployment is falling

11th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

11 July 2007, VOORBURG - The unemployment rate among minorities is still much higher than that of the native Dutch population, but the trend is going in the right direction. They are now profiting equally from the drop in unemployment that has been evident among native Dutch for some time. "Unemployment is even decreasing a little bit faster among minorities," says Michiel Vergeer of Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

11 July 2007

VOORBURG  - The unemployment rate among minorities is still much higher than that of the native Dutch population, but the trend is going in the right direction. They are now profiting equally from the drop in unemployment that has been evident among native Dutch for some time. "Unemployment is even decreasing a little bit faster among minorities," says Michiel Vergeer of Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

In the first quarter of 2007 unemployment among non-Western minorities came to 13 percent, CBS figures show, compared to 16 percent a year earlier. Just 4 percent of the native Dutch working population was unemployed in the first quarter of this year.

Last year unemployment among non-Western minorities also fell slightly, but not as dramatically as among native Dutch. At that time only unemployment among minority workers under the age of 25 decreased, now over-25s are finding jobs as well, Vergeer says.

The economic recovery seems to be trickling down with delayed effect to minority workers. Unemployment among young native Dutch started to decrease in 2005 already, but unemployment among their peers of minority background did not start to decline until 2006.

The same trend is evident among older workers. Native Dutch between the ages of 25 and 64 saw a decrease in unemployment before this carried over to workers of non-Dutch background.

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