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According to the latest figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS), 410,000 people on average were unemployed in The Netherlands in the period from October to December 2009. This is the equivalent of 5.3% of the labour force. 12 months previously this was still only 3.7%.
Seasonally adjusted unemployment came to 425,000 in the period from October to December 2009, registering 11,000 more than in the previous 3 months period.
In the period from October to December 2009, the number of unemployed people was 125,000 higher than in the same period 12 months previously. In the last few months, unemployment among people aged 45 and older has risen especially strongly. Some 141,000 over 45 year olds are now unemployed, 42,000 more than a year ago.
At the end of December 2009, there were 309,000 people in The Netherlands who claimed unemployment benefit, 139,000 more than at the end of 2008. Part of this increase was caused by partial unemployment benefits. In December, more than 45,000 new claimants registered for unemployment benefit, while 32,000 benefits were ended. The number of claimants whose unemployment benefit was stopped because they had received it for the maximum duration had more than doubled since December 2008.
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