The figures are the lowest December figures since 1992. Nevertheless, the unemployment rate in Brussels is still two and a half times greater than in Flanders, where the figures for November 2018 show an unemployment rate of 6.08%.
Actiris says that in December 2018 unemployment in the Brussels-Capital Region fell for the 50th consecutive month. At the end of 2018 there were 2,774 fewer people registered as being unemployed in Brussels than at the end of 2017, a fall of 3%. The fall is greater still compared with the end of 2016 (-8.7%) and 2015 (-12.3%).
Although still very high at 23.2%, youth unemployment (under 25’s) has fallen by almost a third compared with 2014.
Although the figures are encouraging, especially given that the population in the Brussels-Capital has increased considerably in recent years, unemployment in Brussels remains much higher than in Flanders and Wallonia.