Unemployment in Flanders has been falling constantly since 2015. At the end of 2018 there were 186,807 people in Flanders registered unemployed. This is down 15,959 on the end of December last year.
28.7% of those unemployed in Flanders have foreign roots. Unemployment among this group is fallen slightly less quickly than within the population as a whole. However, this discrepancy is narrowing.
At 6.1% unemployment in Flanders is much lower than in Wallonia (13.2%) or Brussels (15.7%). Nevertheless, it is only about mid-table compared with other EU countries. Our neighbours Luxembourg, The Netherlands and above all Germany have far lower unemployment than Flanders. Meanwhile, unemployment in France is much higher than it is here.