Netherlands is worst performer in EU jobs league

20th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands lost more jobs last year than any other country in the European Union but the unemployment numbers are stabilising.

20 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands lost more jobs last year than any other country in the European Union but the unemployment numbers are stabilising.

While the number of jobs grew by an average 0.6 percent across the EU, employment dropped by 1.3 percent in the Netherlands, according to the European Commission's annual report on employment.

The employment rates in Estonia, Hungary and Sweden also ran contrary to the overall positive growth in the EU.

The report, published on Wednesday, said that the EU's employment rate rose last year for the first time in three years, but the EU is still lagging behind the US and Japan.

Unemployment in the EU totals 19 million or 9 percent of the total labour force. Some 92 million of the EU's 457 million population are listed as 'inactive', a term that covers people in education, those unable to work due to an impairment and people who have lost faith in the idea of finding work. Of these, 13 million are willing to work, the Guardian newspaper reported.

The Dutch statistics agency CBS came with some positive news for the Dutch government on Thursday when it reported that unemployment numbers have stabilised in the Netherlands.

Mirroring the second quarter, the percentage of unemployed people in the Netherlands compared to the labour force was 6.5 in the third quarter of 2005.

An average of 489,000 Dutch people were unemployed in July, August and September. Unemployment numbers this year have stayed rigidly around the 490,000 mark, whereas last year the ranks of the unemployment rose by a few thousand every month. The unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in the third quarter of 2004.

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