Unemployment is rising most sharply among men. Currently 54.6% of that claiming unemployment benefit is male. Male unemployment has risen by 11% over the past year.
Meanwhile, female unemployment went up by 3.9%. According to the Employment Minister’s office the sharper rise in male unemployment is due to the disproportionally high number of job losses in manufacturing, a sector that is still dominated by man.
The number of young people without a job also rose sharply. At the end of March there were 44,666 young people under 25 looking for work, 13.5% more than a year ago.
However, unemployment among the over 50’s is slightly lower than it was a year ago (down 0.8%).
The province showing the greatest rise in unemployment was Limburg (+9.7%), while the rise in Flemish Brabant (6.4%) was the smallest.