70% of Dutch 15 to 75-year-olds have a job, unemployment rate is 3.2%

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Almost 70% of 15 to 75-year-olds in the Netherlands had some form of paid work in August, a new record, the national statistics agency CBS said on Thursday.

Over the past three months, an average of 33,000 more people have found work, taking the total to 9.1 million, the CBS said.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits has been falling for seven months and is now lower than at the end of February, before the start of the coronavirus crisis.

However, the official unemployment rate rose marginally to 3.2% because more people said they were available for work and are now included in the jobless total.

The CBS uses the 15 to 75 age category in line with the International Labour Organisation, to make comparisons across countries more accurate.

Some four million people aged 15 to 75 did not have a paid job, including 3.7 million who are not classified as being part of the working population because they are not looking for a job or are not available for work.

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