Dutch unemployment up sharply

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Unemployment went up by 24,000 in April, reaching a total of 489,000, according to figures from the Dutch statistics office CBS. The figure means that 6.2 percent of the Netherlands’ workforce is currently out of a job.

The increase in unemployment for April was relatively sharp: the average monthly increase over the last quarter was just 7,000. Both men and women were represented in April’s rise in the jobless figures.

Dutch unemployment hasn’t been over 6 percent for over six years.

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