A string of gloomy figures from the national statistics office CBS on Thursday show the Dutch economy is still in crisis.
The jobless rate in January hit 7.5%, the CBS said, a rise of 0.3 percentage point on December. Over the past three months, an average of 19,000 people have joined the ranks of the unemployed. The northern provinces were particularly hard hit, the CBS said.
The jobless rate among the under-25s continues to grow. The youth unemployment rate has now risen to 15%, up from 13% in December.
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House prices have also continued to decline, dropping nearly 10% in January compared with the previous year.
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Spain and Ireland are the only two countries in Europe where house prices have fallen more sharply than in the Netherlands over the past four years, according to Dutch national statistics agency CBS.
Two of the country’s four largest banks are now nationalized and the largest is still paying off state aid.