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Netherlands – Temporary workers comprise quarter of latest unemployed

18 September 2013

In the second quarter of 2013, the labour force was reduced by more than 150 thousand jobs, compared with the first quarter. Of those made unemployed, 39% stated that the main reason for their being unemployed was that their jobs were axed. More than a quarter (26%) stated that the reason for their unemployment was the expiration of their temporary contract 

Approximately a quarter of the people whose jobs were axed or whose contracts were not renewed had not looked for new jobs, of at least twelve hours a week, during the second quarter. The corresponding figure for those who had stopped working for other reasons, e.g. illness, education, retirement or care duties, was 90%. The majority of them indicated they did not want to work or were unable to work.

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