Unemployment rate in the Netherlands 2008-2018

Share of unemployed individuals of the total labor force in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2018

by Brigitte van de Pas, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Unemployment rate in the Netherlands 2008-2018 In 2018, the unemployment rate in the Netherlands was just under five percent. Unemployment peaked in 2013 and 2014. At the height of the financial crisis, the annual unemployment rate in the country reached 8.9 and 9 percent respectively. After 2014, unemployment decreased again year on year. In 2018, nearly 390,000 Dutch were unemployed.
 Unemployment forecasts 

  According to a recent forecast, the unemployment rate in the country is expected to fall even further, to roughly 3.5 percent in 2019 and 2020. In 2019, the northern province of Groningen was forecast to have the highest unemployment rate, at nearly five percent. On the other side of the spectrum, in Zeeland the unemployment rate was predicted to be just 2.8 percent that year.

Long-term and short-term unemployment

  The majority of the unemployed in the Netherlands are looking for a new job for less than a year. At least one percent of the population between 2010 and 2017, however, was long-term unemployed. In 2017, just over 160,000 people had been unemployed for 12 months or more. Long-term unemployment peaked in 2015, at nearly 260,000.
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Share of unemployed individuals of the total labor force in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2018

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