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According to the most recent figures published by Statistics Netherlands, seasonally adjusted unemployment totalled 413,000 in July, exceeding the 400,000 mark for the first time in 2011.
Figures released by the Institute for the Implementation of Employee Insurance (UWV) show that the number of job seekers as well as the number of unemployment benefit (WW) recipients have remained virtually stable in July.
During the first six months of this year, unemployment continually ranged between 392,000 and 400,000 but in July unemployment rose to 413,000 (5.3% of the Dutch labour force). Unemployment increased by +22,000 compared with June and by +13,000 compared with May.
July's unemployment growth was about the same for both genders. Female unemployment is still below the level of one year previously, but male unemployment is currently above the level of July 2010.
According to the UWV, the number of unemployed job seekers remained stable in July at 454,000. The number of higher educated job seekers grew marginally, whereas jobs at elementary level and various occupational categories at lower level showed decline, particularly in the transport sector and the care sector.
In July, 29,000 WW benefits were terminated and 31,000 new ones were granted. As a result, the number of current benefits grew by +1,000 (only women) to 254,000.
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