Unemployment rate in Belgium 2008-2018

Rate of unemployment in Belgium from 2008 to 2018

by Brigitte van de Pas, last edited Jun 13, 2019
Unemployment rate in Belgium 2008-2018 In 2018, the unemployment rate in Belgium was six percent. This is a decrease in comparison to the previous year, and the lowest unemployment rate in the last ten years. Unemployment peaked in 2014 and 2015, at 8.6 percent. In 2017, Belgium numbered around 353,000 unemployed.
 Unemployment per region 

   Unemployment in Belgium differed from region to region. The unemployment rate was lowest in the Flemish Region, the Dutch-speaking part of the country. In 2018, unemployment reached 3.5 percent here. By comparison, in the Brussels-Capital Region the share of people without paid employment was nearly four times as high, at over 13 percent.

Forecast for 2019

   For 2019, a slight decrease in the unemployment rate was foreseen. According to a recent forecast, the unemployment rate would drop below six percent this year, to 5.9. This would be a drop of two percent in just four years.
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Rate of unemployment in Belgium from 2008 to 2018

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Unemployment rate
20186%
20177.1%
20167.9%
20158.6%
20148.6%
20138.5%
20127.6%
20117.2%
20108.4%
20098%
20087%
Unemployment rate
20186%
20177.1%
20167.9%
20158.6%
20148.6%
20138.5%
20127.6%
20117.2%
20108.4%
20098%
20087%
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by Brigitte van de Pas, last edited Jun 13, 2019
In 2018, the unemployment rate in Belgium was six percent. This is a decrease in comparison to the previous year, and the lowest unemployment rate in the last ten years. Unemployment peaked in 2014 and 2015, at 8.6 percent. In 2017, Belgium numbered around 353,000 unemployed.
 Unemployment per region 

   Unemployment in Belgium differed from region to region. The unemployment rate was lowest in the Flemish Region, the Dutch-speaking part of the country. In 2018, unemployment reached 3.5 percent here. By comparison, in the Brussels-Capital Region the share of people without paid employment was nearly four times as high, at over 13 percent.

Forecast for 2019

   For 2019, a slight decrease in the unemployment rate was foreseen. According to a recent forecast, the unemployment rate would drop below six percent this year, to 5.9. This would be a drop of two percent in just four years.
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