Economically inactive people in Belgium 2008-2019, by region

From 2008 to 2019, the economically inactive population in Belgium varied from one region to another. In 2019, roughly 841 thousand people were economically inactive in the region of Wallonia, about 282 thousand in the Brussels-Capital Region, and approximately 1.17 million in the Flemish Region. In the most recent years, the inactive population decreased in Flanders, whereas it increased in Wallonia and the Brussels-Capital Region.

Economically inactive population in Belgium from 2008 to 2019, by region

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

2008 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Statistics Belgium defines an economically inactive person as a person who was not economically active nor unemployed during the reference week. Examples are housewives, housemen, students, volunteers, and retired people. They cannot have been paid for doing labor during the reference week.

Belgium is divided into 3 regions: the Flemish Region, the Brussels-Capital Region and the Walloon Region. Each region has its own Regional Parliament and a Regional Government.

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