Unemployment remains unchanged
17 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — An average of 495,000 people, or about 6.6 percent of the Dutch workforce, was claiming unemployment benefit in the Netherlands between December 2004 and February 2005.
17 March 2005
AMSTERDAM — An average of 495,000 people, or about 6.6 percent of the Dutch workforce, was claiming unemployment benefit in the Netherlands between December 2004 and February 2005.
Adjusted for seasonal factors, the jobless figure was 490,000, about the same as the 488,000 registered in the period November 2004 to January 2005, Statistics Netherlands — better known as the CBS — said on Thursday.
Over the past three months, 6.6 percent of the labour force was unemployed. A year earlier this figure was 6.3 percent.
The CBS said when considered over a longer period, the unemployed labour force has been increasing slightly. The current trend is a monthly increase of 4,000.
Unemployment had been growing steadily for three years since the spring of 2001. Since the spring of 2004, the unemployment trend has fluctuated. First there was a slight decrease, then a slight increase.
In the last three-month period, unemployment returned to its spring 2004 level, the CBS said.
The average rate of unemployment among young people remains constant. In the period December 2004 to February 2005 there were 108,000 unemployed young people. This is about the same number as the year before.
But the CBS said unemployment as a percentage of the labour force aged 15-24 did increase from 12.2 to 13.1 percent because there are fewer young working people than a year ago.
"Many young people postpone entering the job market, due to the worsening perspectives. Young people now study longer and are not actively looking for paid work. Just under half of all people aged 15-24 are active on the job market," the CBS said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news