Last year the Dutch labor market was recovered from the economic crisis in many aspects, though labor participation was still lower than in 2008 before the outbreak of the crisis, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday. In 2016 the number of unemployed people was still 1.5 times higher than in 2008, the number of people in long-term unemployment was over twice as high.
Unemployed over 55-year-olds are still less likely to find work than their younger counterparts, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Friday.
Last year 7 percent of unemployed over 55-year-olds found work within three months. That is more than in previous years, but still less than younger age groups. In the age group 15 to 35 year olds, a third found work within 3 months. Among 35 to 55 year olds, one in five did so.
Amsterdam more than reached its goal on helping unemployed people in the city find work last year. In 2016 a total of 5,927 Amsterdam residents on welfare went back to work. The target was 4,200, the city announced in a press release, AT5 reports.
The city also guided more than 6,900 unemployed young people into training or work and another 4,500 long-term unemployed Amsterdam residents now volunteer or have meaningful daytime activities, according to the press release.
Long-term unemployment in the Netherlands decreased in 2016 for the firs time since 2009, Statistics Netherlands announced on Monday. There was even a decline among older workers, though the decrease was less significant than among younger age groups.
For the second quarter in a row, there was a decrease in unemployment among workers aged 55 years and older in the Netherlands, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Thursday.
Unemployment in the Netherlands continues to decline, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Thursday. Most of the decline can be attributed to the age group 25 to 45 years, where unemployment has been falling almost continually for two years. People in long-term unemployment are still struggling to reenter the workforce.
The number of people facing long-term unemployment in the Netherlands is decreasing. In the first quarter of this year 232 thousand people were unemployed for at least 12 months, a decrease of 57 thousand compared to the same period in 2015, Statistics Netherlands announced on Thursday.
The government is making another 150 million euros available in the fight against unemployment. This money will pay for more personal guidance for job seekers, "work brigades" that will advise people about work available in their regions and extra funds for retraining.
Despite the decreasing unemployment rate in the Netherlands, long-term unemployment is still rising. In the first quarter of this year 298 thousand people were unemployed for a year or longer, compared to 233 thousand in the same period last year.
This is according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Friday.
A total of 340 thousand men and 323 thousand women were unemployed in the first quarter of thi year. 47 per cent - 160 thousand - of the men have been unemployed for at least a year. Among women, 40 percent - 129 thousand - were unemployed long term.
The long term unemployment rate in the Netherlands is relatively low compared to other EU countries. Last year 3.0 percent of the Dutch labor force were unemployed for at least a year. The European Union average was 5.1 percent.