Unemployment rate

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TREND ASSESSMENT: Unemployment rate - Belgium

percentage of active population

 20002005201020152016
observations6.98.58.38.57.8

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2017), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), une_rt_a, une_ltu_a and lfsa_urgaed, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 30/10/2017).

Unemployment rate

percentage of active population

 1990200020102011201220132014201520162016//19902016//2011
Belgium6.66.98.37.27.68.48.58.57.80.61.6
EU-28--8.99.69.710.510.910.29.48.6---2.4
//: average growth rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2017), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), une_rt_a, une_ltu_a and lfsa_urgaed, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 30/10/2017).

Unemployment rate by sex - Belgium

percentage of active population

 1995200020102011201220132014201520162016//19952016//2011
females12.78.58.57.27.48.27.97.87.6-2.41.1
males7.65.68.17.17.78.79.09.18.10.32.7
//: average growth rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2017), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), une_rt_a, une_ltu_a and lfsa_urgaed, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 30/10/2017).

Unemployment rate by age - Belgium

percentage of active population

 1995200020102011201220132014201520162016//19952016//2011
15-2421.515.222.418.719.823.723.222.120.1-0.31.5
25-548.35.87.36.46.77.47.67.77.1-0.72.1
55-644.03.24.64.04.55.45.45.65.71.77.3
//: average growth rates

break in time series: 1999

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2017), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), une_rt_a, une_ltu_a and lfsa_urgaed, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 30/10/2017).

Unemployment rate by education - Belgium

percentage of active population

 1992200020102011201220132014201520162016//19922016//2011
less than primary, primary and lower secondary education9.410.315.313.914.015.816.216.815.92.22.7
upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education6.56.88.16.87.88.28.88.78.10.93.6
tertiary education3.02.74.53.83.94.94.74.64.21.42.0
//: average growth rates

break in time series: 2001, 2005, 2011, 2014

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2017), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), une_rt_a, une_ltu_a and lfsa_urgaed, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 30/10/2017).

Long-term unemployment rate - Belgium

percentage of active population

 1999200520102011201220132014201520162016//19992016//2011
long-term unemployment4.94.44.03.53.43.94.34.44.0-1.22.7
//: average growth rates

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2017), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), une_rt_a, une_ltu_a and lfsa_urgaed, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 30/10/2017).

This text is based on the Statistical Annex of the Voluntary National Review of Belgium (VNR) presented to the July 2017 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

VNR Indicator: Unemployment rate, percentage of active population

Definition: number of unemployed persons as a percentage of the labour force. The labour force is the total number of persons, aged 15 to 74, either in employment or unemployed (i.e. not in employment but actively seeking employment).

Objective: to contribute to Target 8.5, this indicator should decrease.

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

UNSTAT Indicator 8.5.2: Unemployment rate, by sex, age and persons with disabilities