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Employed labor force in the Netherlands 2003-2020

In March 2020, the employed labor force in the Netherlands amounted to roughly 7.9 million individuals. This was an increase in comparison to the same month in the previous year. Of the employed population, roughly 4.2 million were male and the remainder were female.

 Employed population in the Benelux 

  The Netherlands’ employed population was significantly higher than that of Belgium and Luxembourg combined. The employed population in the entire Benelux amounted to roughly 12.9 million, of which the majority (7.9 million) were employed in the Netherlands. By comparison, Belgium’s employed population was roughly 4.6 million, and Luxembourg employed approximately 275,000 people.

Lowest unemployment rate in the Benelux

  In 2018, unemployment in the Netherlands was just under four percent. According to a recent forecast, unemployment is expected to increase in the next few years, reaching 4.1 percent in 2021. Of the three Benelux countries, the Netherlands had the lowest unemployment rate. Unemployment in Luxembourg was 5.5 percent in 2018, and in neighboring country Belgium it stood at nearly six percent that year. It is forecast that the unemployment rate in Belgium will remain stable in the nearby future. A similar trend is expected for Luxembourg’s unemployment rate, which is forecast to reach 5.3 percent in 2021.

Employed labor force in the Netherlands from January 2003 to March 2020

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Source

Release date

April 2020

Region

Netherlands

Survey time period

January 2003 to March 2020

Age group

15-64 years

Supplementary notes

The source defines the labor force as: "persons who work at least 12 hours a week, persons who have accepted work for at least 12 hours a week, persons willing to work at least 12 hours a week, or persons who are available and actively seeking work for at least 12 hours a week."

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