Unemployment in the Netherlands decreased further in May.
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) only 3.3 percent of the working population is still registered as unemployed.
That was 3.4 percent a month earlier.
Thanks to the corona support from the government, there have been few unemployed for some time.
Another factor is that more people are not looking for work because they expect little result from it.
This group of people is not counted among the unemployed in the statistics.
That colors the figures, because the number of people who actually work has also been decreasing lately.
In May, 309,000 people were unemployed.
On average over the past three months, the number of unemployed fell by ten thousand per month.
At the same time, the number of workers decreased by about four thousand per month.
All told, 4.1 million people between the ages of 15 and 75 were out of paid work last month for a variety of reasons.
In addition to the unemployed, there were 3.8 million people who had not recently looked for or were not available for work.
This number has increased by an average of 13,000 per month in the past three months.
The Dutch Central Bank (DNB) announced earlier this week that it expects unemployment to rise much less than previously thought.
Due to the gradual opening of the economy, employment will even increase at first.
A decline is expected to set in towards the end of government support.