Unemployment in Flanders has fallen continuously since August 2015.
In January youth unemployment (those under 25) was by 8% lower than a year ago. The number of those between 25 and 50 that are unemployed has seen a year-on-year fall of 10.4%. There has been a 3.4% fall in the number of those over 50 that are seeking work. However, the rules meaning that older people have to remain available to take on jobs for longer has mean that there are currently 26.8% more over 60’s seeking work than was previously the case.
The Employment Minister said in a statement that "For 3 and a half years, since August 2015, unemployment has been falling each month in Flanders. We now have a real shortage on our labour market. We are activating our labour reserve and are investing in training and retraining”.