Employment rate

In 2017, the employment rate in Belgium was 68.5%. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must increase.

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Employment rate - Belgium and international comparison

percentage of working age population (20-64)

 199520002005201020122015201620172017//19952017//2012
Belgium61.466.366.567.667.267.267.768.50.50.4
EU28----67.968.668.470.071.072.1--1.1
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), lfsa_ergan, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 06/09/2018).

Employment rate by sex - Belgium

percentage of working age population (20-64)

 199520002005201020122015201620172017//19952017//2012
females49.656.458.661.661.763.063.063.61.10.6
males73.276.174.373.572.771.372.373.40.00.2
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), lfsa_ergan, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 06/09/2018).

Employment rate by age - Belgium

percentage of population

 199520002005201020122015201620172017//19952017//2012
25-5473.877.978.380.079.378.579.179.50.30.1
55-6423.325.031.837.339.544.045.448.33.44.1
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), lfsa_ergan, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 06/09/2018).

Employment rate by education - Belgium

percentage of working age population (20-64)

 1992199520002005201020122015201620172017//19922017//2012
less than primary, primary and lower secondary education48.746.651.248.848.447.145.645.645.9-0.2-0.5
upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education67.066.369.168.869.168.567.267.767.80.0-0.2
tertiary education83.982.285.482.881.981.881.882.282.2-0.10.1
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), lfsa_ergaed, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 26/09/2018).

Employment rate by nationality - Belgium

percentage of working age population (20-64)

 2006201020122015201620172017//20062017//2012
Belgians68.869.969.969.770.271.00.30.3
EU28 citizens except Belgians58.663.464.266.168.368.51.41.3
non-EU citizens47.448.847.848.649.152.00.81.7
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), lfsa_ergacob, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 06/09/2018).

Employment rate by nationality: difference between Belgians and non-EU citizens - Belgium

percentage points; working age population (20-64)

 2006201020122015201620172017//20062017//2012
difference21.421.122.121.121.119.0-1.1-3.0
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), lfsa_ergacob, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 06/09/2018).

UN target: 8.5 - By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.

UN indicator: the selected indicator does not correspond to a UN indicator, but is related to UN target 8.5.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

This indicator is also included in another database of the Federal Planning Bureau, additionally providing regional data for Belgium: the indicators of the innovation system.

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