Job centres forecast fewer jobs for 2013

The state-run benefit agency and job centre organisation UWV said on Tuesday it is expecting the number of jobs in the Netherlands to fall by 85,000 this year.

In 2012, the number of jobs in the labour market fell by 51,000, far higher than the CBS forecast of 37,000 fewer jobs.

The number of job vacancies is expected to fall to the lowest on record, to 640,000 over the entire year. At the same time, the UWV expects an extra 80,000 people to start claiming benefits.

The organisation says most sectors are affected, although it expects a 1% growth in jobs in healthcare.