Unemployment declines steadily

20th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 September 2007, VOORBURG – The number of unemployed people has fallen by 5,000 a month on average over the past six months. In the period June to end of August this year an average of 345,000 people were unemployed. That is 4.4 percent of the working population. A year ago that figure was 5.3 percent.

20 September 2007

VOORBURG – The number of unemployed people has fallen by 5,000 a month on average over the past six months. In the period June to end of August this year an average of 345,000 people were unemployed. That is 4.4 percent of the working population. A year ago that figure was 5.3 percent.

This has emerged from figures that Statistics Netherlands (CBS) published on Thursday. Unemployment fell faster among men than among women.

In a year's time the number of unemployed men fell by 37,000 to 151,000. Among women this number fell by 22,000 to 190,000. More women are active on the labour market however and their percentage in the active working population is on the rise.

What is remarkable is that the number of unemployed young people (15 to 24) has not fallen over the past year, but has risen in fact. CBS economist Michiel Vergeer says he cannot give an explanation for this. He points out that the number of unemployed young people declined strongly a year ago.

A new group of young people always enters the labour market in the summer period, Vergeer says. This group is comprised of school graduates and young people looking for a summer job, "Perhaps that seasonal pattern was greater this year than in previous years." Vergeer does not have the impression that the number of unemployed young people is rising dramatically.

The labour market is doing well, Vergeer says. The unemployment rate among men is very low: 2.2 percent. Unemployment among over-45s is also decreasing. There are 228,000 more people working now than a year ago. This growth can mainly be attributed to people 55 and over, many more of whom are working than in the past.

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Subject: Dutch news

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