10% fall this past year in the number of full-time unemployed people claiming benefits
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    10% fall this past year in the number of full-time unemployed people claiming benefits

    ©Belga
    ©Belga

    Last month there were 411,326 wholly unemployed people in Belgium, which is 10% fewer than in November 2014, indicated ONEM (the organization responsible for payment of unemployment benefits and jobseeker support) on Wednesday. Annual averages show the number of wholly unemployed decreased everywhere: 172,273 in Flanders (-5.4%), 169,479 in Wallonia (-14.3%) and 69,574 in Brussels (-9.9%). Wallonia still had the largest number of unemployed people under 25 (21,823). However their number fell by 5,680 people as an annual average. In Flanders, 17,604 under-25s were unemployed (-2,980) and 4,109 in Brussels (-1,123).

    Moreover, in November, Belgium had 189,078 long-term unemployed people (those of unemployed status for two years or more), of which 82,161 in Wallonia (-12,625), 67,665 in Flanders (+84) and 39,252 in Brussels (-3,528).

    Staying with the November figures, temporary unemployment fell, as an annual average, by 22,692 people. The number of temporary unemployed workers totalled 117,650 people. The drop is predominantly due to a temporary
    fall in unemployment brought on by economic factors.

    Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)