One in 10 unemployed in Amsterdam

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31 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — Unemployment in Amsterdam has risen from 8 percent to 10 percent of the working population in two years, according to the biennial report by the city's research and statistics department (O + S).

31 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — Unemployment in Amsterdam has risen from 8 percent to 10 percent of the working population in two years, according to the biennial report by the city's research and statistics department (O + S).

The increase in joblessness is mainly among people from non-native Dutch backgrounds - members of the Surinamese, Moroccan and Antillean communities.

The working population in the city decreased by 2,200 people between 2003 and 2005, while the population aged 15 to 65 increased by 8,000. The statistics department said the working population declined due to a shift in age categories.

The 15 to 24 age group increased by 5,000, but most of these people are still in education. Graduates also found it difficult in recent years to find work and many chose to do a follow-up course. The number of people aged 25 to 35 decreased at the same time.  

There were 386,700 people working or seeking employment in 2005. Of these 210,000 were men and 176,600 were women. O + S said about two thirds were native Dutch or from a western background.

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