Record number of job openings

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The number of vacancies reaches an all-time high as unemployment steadily declines.

15 November 2007

VOORBURG  - The number of job openings has reached an all-time high. At the end of September there were 236,000 vacancies. Unemployment is declining steadily meanwhile. The number of unemployed fell by 5,000 a month on average over the past half year.

Between August and October there were about 307,000 unemployed people on average, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reported on Thursday. That is 4 percent of the working population, compared to 5.2 percent over the same period last year.

The number of unemployed has fallen over the past year by 83,000. Not only young people found jobs, but people over the age of 45 are also benefiting from the situation on the labour market. Between August and October of this year the unemployment rate among people 45 and over was 3.8 percent, a whole percentage point lower than in the same period in 2006.

The number of vacancies is rising in all sectors of the economy. A total of 13,000 have been added in three months time.  The number of vacancies in construction rose by 3,000, to a total of 45,000. 3,000 new jobs also opened up in trade and professional services.

The Centre for Work and Income registered more vacancies than job seekers for technical professions of all levels in October. There are more job seekers than openings for jobs as cleaners or production workers.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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