Unemployment down in all provinces

19th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 March 2007, AMSTERDAM - The CBS reported today that unemployment was down in all the Dutch provinces in 2006. Utrecht once again had the lowest unemployment and Flevoland the highest. Unemployment was also down in the four large cities, with the exception of Rotterdam.

19 March 2007

AMSTERDAM - The CBS reported today that unemployment was down in all the Dutch provinces in 2006. Utrecht once again had the lowest unemployment and Flevoland the highest. Unemployment was also down in the four large cities, with the exception of Rotterdam.

The downward trend in unemployment which started in many parts of the country in 2005 spread to the rest of the country in 2006.  The sharpest decline could be seen in Groningen, Limburg and Zeeland. These provinces had seen an increase in unemployment in 2005.

Flevoland surpassed Groningen in 2006 with the highest unemployment rate – 7.6 percent. Unemployment has been relatively high in both Flevoland and Drenthe over the past several years. Utrecht had the lowest unemployment rate once again, as it has the past several years.

Rotterdam was the only one of the four large cities where the unemployment rate did not decrease from its 2005 level but rather stayed stable at almost 11 percent. This meant Rotterdam once again had the highest unemployment rate of the four large cities.

Unemployment was down in Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht in 2006. Utrecht's unemployment rate was even lower than the national average of 5.5 percent.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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