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Netherlands – Construction workers hit by rising unemployment

19 October 2012

The Dutch unemployment rate continued to creep up by 5,000 in September to a total of 519,000, taking the unemployment rate to 6.6% from 6.5% in August, the national statistics office reports this week.

But the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in September remained flat against August at 304,000. Yet the data shows that unemployment benefits paid to construction workers have increased strongly, seeing almost a +75% rise since last year.

Youth unemployment has remained unchanged when compared to the previous month. The number of people under 25 claiming benefits was 12,000 in September.

Both men and women were affected by the rise in unemployment although there are no more men unemployed (281,000) than their female counterparts (238,000).

In the last three months the number of people without a job rose continuously by an average of 8,000 per month. But the Netherlands still has one of the lowest jobless rates in Europe, where 10.5% where out of work in August. 

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