Rising number of young people still unemployed
9 June 2006, AMSTERDAM – Unemployment among young people in the Netherlands between the ages of 15 and 22 is not declining, ministry of social affairs officials said in an internal memo published by national daily Trouw on Friday.
9 June 2006
AMSTERDAM – Unemployment among young people in the Netherlands between the ages of 15 and 22 is not declining, ministry of social affairs officials said in an internal memo published by national daily Trouw on Friday.
The memo was discussed on Wednesday during a high-level meeting between deputy ministers Henk van Hoof (Social Affairs) and Mark Rutte (Education).
Van Hoof had earlier this year asked civil servants to review developments in unemployment among young people. The agenda for the Wednesday meeting gives the impression that he thought that ‘things were okay’. However the civil servants concluded that ‘unemployment among young people between the ages of 15 and 22, excluding scholars and students, remains high.’
Unemployment among young people between the ages of 15 and 22 who were not at school was 15 per cent in 2005 and 14.5 per cent in 2004. A large proportion of the people affected are immigrants or the children of immigrants.
The civil servants said that more young people in this age group were failing to report as work-seekers. They are defined as people who are not following any form of education or training programme and who are not looking for work.
Although no hard figures were available, the civil servants said that opportunities for people in the group to get off social benefits had declined. They estimated that the group grew from 23,000 to 30,000 during the last year. That would mean that the number of unemployed young people increased by some 30 per cent last year.
Van Hoof told Trouw through a spokesperson that he was not happy with the civil servants’ arguments because they relied on figures from 2005. He had ordered another study on the problem, to be presented after the summer, and expected that the situation it sketched would be more positive.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news