Unemployment falls slightly – for the first time in two years

The number of unemployed in the Netherlands fell by 11,000 to 683,000 in August, ending two years of steady increases, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.

A fall in youth unemployment accounted for almost all of the reduction, the CBS said.

The official unemployment rate is now 8.6%, down 0.1 percentage point from July.

However, the number of claims for unemployment benefit (ww) rose 1% in August compared with July. In total, 399,000 people are claiming jobless benefits, a rise of 31% on a year ago. In particular, more women and more over-55s joined the benefit queue, the CBS said.

This month consumers are still as pessimistic as they were in August, when there was a slight recovery.

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