The Dutch unemployment rate has dropped below 500,000 for the first time since March 2012, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday.
In November, 499,000 people were listed as officially being without a job, equivalent to 5.6% of the working population. The unemployment rate has fallen by 7,000 a month for the past three months.
In particular, there was a drop in the number of unemployed teachers and construction workers, the CBS said.
Some 410,000 people are claiming unemployment benefit (ww), down 10,000 on October.
‘We’ve passed a milestone,’ said social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher.
Unemployment in the Netherlands reached a high of almost 700,000 in February 2014.
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