The number of formerly non-professionally active job seekers increased by 50 percent in one year to 92,700. Job seekers with a benefit application fell by 2 percent to 104,971. Just under half of job seekers without work are job seekers with a benefit application, according to the Flemish labor mediator. This also concerns young people in the vocational integration period and the other category.
Compared to September, the number of job seekers without work has fallen by just over 1,000 people. “The inflow in the month of October was approximately 25,500, while the outflow was almost 27,000,” says the Flemish labor mediator in the monthly job seeker report. More than three out of four graduates went to work.
Earlier this year, the VDAB emphasized in response to the job seeker figures that the increase in the general figure is due to the registration of more and more people who were not professionally active. This includes people with a living wage or sickness benefit or people integrating. “Reaching these people is desperately needed, because the number of job seekers receiving unemployment benefits continues to decline,” was the reference to filling the many vacancies.
Last month, in addition to job seekers without work, the VDAB also registered more than 73,000 working civilian customers and almost 15,000 students and others.