Writing in a press statement released as the figures were announced, the Flemish Employment minister Philippe Muyters said “Unemployment in Flanders has been falling continuously since August 2015.
Youth unemployment (under 25’s) fell by 7.6% in February. There were 10.3% fewer unemployed aged between 25 and 50 at the end of February than there were at the end of January. The number of older (over 50) job-seekers too is down by 4.2%.
The fall among older people is slower as people are now required to remain available to work for longer. Consequently, unemployment among the over 60’s rose by 24.8% in February, while it fell by 12.9% among those aged 50 to 55 and by 14.5% among those aged 55 to 60.