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    Unemployment rate in Brussels under 17% in August

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    Brussels has 9,361 young jobseekers, or 779 lower than last year. This is a reduction of 7.7%.
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    The rate of unemployment in the Brussels region reached 16.9% in August. This is according to figures published on Monday by Actiris. There were 94,046 looking for jobs, a decrease of 3,479 people, compared to the same period in 2016 (down 3.6%). The unemployment of youngsters has reached a rate of 23.6%. Brussels has 9,361 young jobseekers, or 779 less than last year (a reduction of 7.7%).

    In August, the Brussels Regional Employment Office had 10,338 unemployed (7,643 continuing to “sign on” and 2,695 new cases signing on). This compared to 9,288 going back to work, or a monthly increase of unemployed jobseekers of 1,050 people (an increase of 1.1%).

    During the course of the last month, Actiris received details of 16,126 job vacancies. The number of job vacancies relating to positions in the Brussels region was 5,320.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times