The untapped labor potential fell in the second quarter of this year to the level of mid-2019, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has calculated. This reverses the increase from last year, when the corona crisis hit. About 1 million people could work, but don’t.
The untapped labor potential consists of three groups of people between the ages of 15 and 75. This concerns part-timers who want to work more hours, the unemployed, who have no paid work and can start work immediately, and the semi-unemployed. The latter group consists of people who are not in paid work, but who have not recently looked for work or are not immediately available to get started. This often concerns people who are following an education, who are ill, who care for a family or who do voluntary work.
The three groups are roughly the same size. The number of unemployed in the second quarter was 306,000 and of semi-unemployed there were 381,000. Finally, there were 354,000 part-time workers who wanted to work more hours.
Young people are overrepresented in the untapped labor potential. About a third of the 1 million are under 25 years of age. This can largely be explained by the number of pupils and students that count for this group.
Of the three unused labor groups, the unemployed most often find paid work. Nearly 3 in 10 of them found work within three months in the second quarter of 2021. Of the semi-unemployed who were looking but were not immediately available, almost a quarter were in work during the same period. The available semi-unemployed had the lowest score at 15 percent.
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