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Decline in Dutch private sector

Adjusted for seasonal variation, 133 thousand vacancies were unfilled at the end of September 2011, i.e. 4 thousand fewer than in the previous quarter. According to the most recent figures published by Statistics Netherlands, the number of vacancies at the end of the first and second quarter of this year was also close to 135 thousand. The private sector accounted for the marginal decline in the third quarter.

The sector commercial services recorded 79 thousand vacancies at the end of the third quarter, 2 thousand down from the preceding quarter. The number of vacancies dropped in trade, transport and storage, information and communication and manufacturing industry. The number of vacancies in manufacturing industry stood at 14 thousand by the end of the third quarter and the number of unfilled vacancies in the sector non-commercial services remained stable.

The dynamic of the job market has hardly changed. In the third quarter of this year, 193 thousand new vacancies were posted, a decrease by 4 thousand relative to the same period in 2010. The number of people who managed to find employment has increased. The number of filled vacancies in the third quarter was 206 thousand, i.e. 8 thousand more than in the same period last year.