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Dutch jobless rate hits 7.2%

Thursday 17 January 2013

jobless.png The dark grey line shows the rise in the jobless total, the pale grey line highlights unemployment benefit claims. Source: CBS

The official Dutch unemployment rate rose to 7.2% in December, national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

A further 19,000 people joined the ranks of the unemployed in December, taking the total to 571,000, the CBS said. The jobless rate has been rising steadily since June 2011 when it was almost 5%.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit (ww) rose by 70,000 in December, compared with December 2011, taking the total to 340,000.

In particular, there was a 70% increase in jobless benefit claims from people who lost their jobs in the building trade.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

A cut in corporate profit would ensure far less redundancies..but who would have the audacity to make such changes, our guv?

From factory costs, mark-up prices & taxes there has been little change, when will our government wake up to reality?

There is no real democracy or freedom here, just dictatorship that keeps the people with big money happy, unfortunately.. :P

(Happy to be alive here & not some backwater country, well not yet!)

By The visitor | 17 January 2013 11:16 PM

Thanks for your posts, The visitor. I always enjoy reading them, and over the years, I've gotten to know a bit of your story. I'm glad you're in Holland, too, but if you'd like an even better place to live, try Canada :P I'm certainly glad I returned, although I do miss certain things; public transport for instance!

By Stupid | 18 January 2013 6:24 PM

Ageism, Let's be honest: companies don't like to higher or keep on older workers because they think it is bad for the bottom line. Older workers need more time off for their family, they're perceived to be less productive, they cost more to keep on because their experience frequently demands a higher wage, etc.

The list goes on and on, but let's keep in mind that the person making these executive level decisions is most like a "dinosaur" him or herself. So until the decision makers who axe today's employees (who committed the unreasonable act of turning 40+) themselves feel the risk of being put out to pasture, this problem is likely to carry on regardless of any legislation.

By Highlander | 21 January 2013 1:39 PM

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