Flanders was worst hit by the bad economic climate, with unemployment rising 3.8 percent. Wallonia saw a 2.2 percent rise, the Brussels Region 2.5 percent. In general, men were much more affected than women.
Figures for older unemployed (people over 50) climbed with 1.7 percent. Belgium has a rather big percentage of people who are no longer working in the category of 50 years and older. This is putting a burden on the federal budget, and measures have been taken to keep people at work until a later age.
The number of long-term unemployed (those who are out of a job for at least two years) declined with 0.8 percent. Temporary unemployment rose with a staggering 15.5 percent. This figure confirms the bad economic trend set during the latest months.