Netherlands - Unemployment

Netherlands: Unemployment

Mnemonic LBU.INLD
Unit Ths. #, SA
Adjustments Seasonally Adjusted
Monthly 8.42 %
Data Jan 2021 337
Dec 2020 368

Series Information

Source Statistics Netherlands
Release Monthly labor participation and employment
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 1/31/1996
End Date 1/31/2021

Netherlands: Labor

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Labor Force Jan 2021 9,340 9,348 Ths. #, SA Monthly
Labor Force Employment Jan 2021 9,004 8,979 Ths. #, SA Monthly
Unemployment Jan 2021 337 368 Ths. #, SA Monthly
Unemployment Rate Jan 2021 3.6 3.9 %, SA Monthly
Total Employment 2020 Q4 9,498 9,512 Ths. #, SA Quarterly
Wage & Salaries 2020 Q4 43,398 42,295 Mil. EUR, SA Quarterly
Agriculture Employment 2017 201,205 204,720 # Annual
Primary Industries Employment 2016 195 194 Ths. # Annual

Release Information

For the Netherlands, labor force status measures, by four age brackets, monthly. Interpolated from the quarterly labor force survey.


  • Measurements:
    • Thousands of persons (Ths. #)
    • Percent (%)
  • Adjustments:
    • Seasonally adjusted (SA)
    • Not seasonally adjusted (NSA)
  • Native frequency: Monthly
  • Start date: 1996m1


The population of 15 to 75 years old (excluding the institutionalized population) is divided into the employed, the unemployed and the people who are not in in the labour force. The different groups are further broken down by sex and age. Next to the original monthly figures on the labour force you can also find monthly figures that are seasonally adjusted.

The figures in this table are based on the Dutch Labour Force Survey (LFS). To make the monthly figures a time series model was used.

Some figures are rounded off to the nearest thousand. Consequently the sum of the detail data can deviate from the total.


Employed labor force
Persons working at least 1 hour a week.
Unemployed labor force
Persons without work that are actively searching for paid work and that are directly available to work.
Not in in the labor force
Persons not included in the labor force.

Age brackets

  • National definition: 15-25, 25-45, 45-65 years
  • ILO definition: 15-24, 25-44, 45-74 years

Changes to methodology

Revision (2015): The monthly unemployment press release is now based according to the ILO definition. This is part of a broader strategy to comply with international definitions as much as possible in order to increase the international comparability of statistics. According to the ILO definition, everyone with a paid job of at least one hour a week is included in the employed labour force. Pupils and students with part-time jobs, for example, all belong to the employed labour force under this definition. The national definition of the labour force comprises only people who work or want to work for at least 12 hours a week.

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