Unemployment went up in recent months. According to the latest figures by Statistics Netherlands, the number of registered unemployed averaged 159 thousand in the period March-May.
Upward trend in unemployment
In the months March through May there were 159 thousand people
unemployed on average, 8 thousand more than in the period February - April.
However, the season usually gives rise to a drop in unemployment of about 13 thousand. This raises the seasonally corrected unemployment figure by 5 thousand compared to the previous three-month period. Compared to the fourth quarter of last year the number of unemployed is up by 34 thousand.
There has been an upward trend in unemployment in recent months.
(source: Statistics Netherlands)