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Employment rate high in Dutch public entities


THE HAGUE–The net labour participation is relatively high in the Caribbean Netherlands with about seven in every ten people being employed. The labour participation in 2012 varied from close to 73 per cent in Bonaire to over 64 per cent in Saba.

The most recent figures from the Caribbean Netherlands Labour Study of the Dutch central Bureau for Statistics CBS, released earlier this week, showed that in St. Eustatius, 1,900 of the 2,800 persons between the ages of 15 and 65, or 70.3 per cent, were employed 12 or more hours per week in 2012.

In Saba, close to 1,000 persons between the ages of 15 and 65 were employed, which means that 64.3 per cent of the 1,500 persons in this age bracket worked 12 hours per week or more. In Bonaire, 72.6 per cent, or 8,600 persons of the some 11,800 residents between the ages of 15 and 65 were employed.

Unemployment in Bonaire stood at 6.2 per cent or 560 persons. In St. Eustatius, some 100 persons, or 4.9 per cent of the workforce, were without a job. Saba has the lowest unemployment figure in the Dutch Kingdom: 4.4 per cent. Less than 50 persons on the island are jobless. All three islands have a lower unemployment rate than The Netherlands, where 6.4 per cent of the work force was without a job in 2012.

The CBS study showed that about one quarter of the residents of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, between the ages of 15 and 65, weren’t part of the work force. The study involved people who were unemployed due to pension, educational demands, lack of desire, or inability caused by household responsibilities, illness or handicap.

In St. Eustatius, the percentage of people who weren’t part of the workforce stood at 26 per cent; in Saba almost one third; in Bonaire almost one quarter and 28 per cent in The Netherlands.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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