Fewer people claiming benefit

A total of 1.3 million people were claiming welfare, unemployment or invalidity benefits at the end of last year, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday.

The figure is 310,00 down on end-2006. The Netherlands has a potential working population of 7.5 million people, meaning some 17% are on benefits.

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