After a sharp decline in the spring due to the corona crisis, the number of employed young people gradually rose again in the third quarter. In the crisis year 2020, however, fewer young people are working than in the previous year, reports the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
In the months of July to September, more than 1.3 million young people were employed, that is 62.1 percent of all 15 to 25 year olds. That was 33,000 more than in the second quarter, when flexible workers in particular lost their jobs due to the corona crisis. Younger employees relatively often have flexible employment contracts, for example for a part-time job.
In the past year, the number of employed young people was significantly higher. For example, in the third quarter of 2019, 1.4 million young people still had a paid job, which is more than 66 percent of all 15 to 25 year olds.
The Dutch Statistical Office reports that in the third quarter only young people who were training at the same time had an increase in the number of people in employment compared to the second quarter. In contrast, there was a decrease in young people who did not have formal education.
It is clear that the increasing crowd in supermarkets in particular led to additional work for pupils or students. The number of young people who work as shelf fillers, loaders or unloaders rose to 172,000 in the third quarter. That was 165,000 in the third quarter of last year.