Fewer jobs in the Netherlands
In the second quarter of this year, 53 thousand jobs of employees (a decline by 0.7 percent) were lost relative to the second quarter of 2011 according to Statistics Netherlands.
Employment was down in many sectors relative to one year previously, but declined most dramatically in public administration. On the other hand, employment improved in the sectors trade, transport, hotels and restaurants, in the sector information and communication and in health care and welfare.
Altogether (full-time plus part-time jobs), there were approximately 7.9 million employee jobs in the Netherlands. Converted to full-time equivalents, there were 5.9 million jobs in the second quarter, 0.8 percent down from the second quarter of 2011.
If seasonal effects are taken into account, the number of jobs in the second quarter was 14 thousand down from the first quarter of 2012.
Wages of employees per working year were 0.7 percent up on one year previously. The wage increase is too small to compensate for inflation in the second quarter of 2012 (2.2 percent).
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