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Official Dutch unemployment rate hit 7% in November, a 17-year high

Thursday 20 December 2012

The official Dutch unemployment rate hit 7% in November and over half a million people are now without a job, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

A year ago, the jobless total was 5.8%. Over the past year 100,000 people have lost their jobs, taking the total number of people officially without work to 552,000.

More than half the jobs which were lost over the past three months involved people over the age of 45. The under-25s have also been hard hit and youth unemployment is now 13.7%, the CBS said.


The consumer confidence index also took another knock in December, falling two points to -39. Consumers are particularly concerned about economic developments next year, the CBS said.

The economic downturn has also led households to reign in their spending. In October, consumer spending fell by 2.4%, compared with the year-earlier period. Spending on new cars fell 30%.

The economic crisis has had a knock-on effect on the personal lives of people living in the Netherlands, the CBS said in another report.

The number of live births will reach just 176,000, the lowest figure since the 1980s, the CBS said. The number of weddings and registered partnerships is also down and families are much less likely to move house.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

So is this number with or without the large number of housewives in NL? How many of the population in NL are really working?

By Stefan | 20 December 2012 10:34 AM

If they measure it like Canada does, it's only people who are collecting job-seeker benefits and activity looking for a job...

By CW | 20 December 2012 12:07 PM

Not many, from what I have experienced...

By Jaden | 20 December 2012 1:04 PM

Is this 'registered' unemployed, i.e. claiming a benefit and actively seeking work? I presume this doesn't include those that chose not to work and claim no benefits?

By Stevie | 20 December 2012 1:22 PM

According to the CBS at the end of 2011 7.904.600 people were employed. but I think this excludes selfemployed people.

By Jolie | 20 December 2012 1:33 PM

All statistics can be consulted here http://statline.cbs.nl/StatWeb/publication/?VW=T&DM=SLNL&PA=81108NED&D1=a&D2=0&D3=a&D4=0&D5=1,11,21,31,36-42&HD=120703-1058&HDR=G1,G2,T&STB=G3,G4

By Jolie | 20 December 2012 1:33 PM

Stefan. You will never know. There are lies, damed lies and Statistics that can be turned to read what ever you want them to read.

By Karl H | 20 December 2012 1:44 PM

@Stefan: unemployment is measured by sampling and calculating the % of people among the workforce that: wanted to work, didn't work and looked for work (usually within a period of 30 days).

Stay-at-home adults, as you mention, are part of other statistic, participation on workforce

By A.L. | 20 December 2012 2:17 PM

Following the proven USA lead on this, eh? With just a little more effort on the part of government, y'all can match the incompetence of the American unenlightened!

By Drawer 22 | 20 December 2012 7:22 PM

These stats don't include those on 0% contracts either.

By Roy | 20 December 2012 10:47 PM

Self-employed are not included IIRC, as they are counted separately as businesses or as independent workers/small business owners. And the housewives (and any househusbands) are not counted either.

By Natasha Cloutier | 21 December 2012 3:18 PM

After 14 years of collapsing government coallitiations, racist issues in society and instability, we now have dramatically falling home values and skyrocketing unemployment. Wow, what track record. This should make us realize that something is structurally fundamentally wrong. When do the good stable times begin for NL?

By Z | 23 December 2012 7:53 PM

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