More and more women and over-fifties in the workforce

Results for 2014 of the Labour Force Survey

  • On average 4,544,000 people living in Belgium were employed in 2014. This was a slight increase compared to 2013;
  • Women's employment continued to grow but the number of men employed decreased;
  • The number of over-fifties employed increased in 2014, while the number of young people employed continued to decline.
    423,000 people were unemployed, representing 8.6% of the labour force. The number of unemployed people remained more or less stable compared to 2013;
  • The number of unemployed people declined among women but increased among men;
  • Unemployment was on the increase among the over-fifties but was down among young people;
  • The youth unemployment rate has fallen for the first time since 2011 and was at 23.2%.
    In 2014, 67.3% of the 20-64-year-olds had a job. Based on this figure, Belgium is still a long way from meeting the national target set out in the Europe 2020 Strategy, which aims at increasing the employment rate of the population aged 20 to 64 to at least 73.2% by 2020.
  • With regard to the employment rate for women and people aged 55 and over, progress was somewhat higher. However, Belgium remains far away from its national targets set for 2020.

These figures are derived from the results of the Labour Force Survey 2014, organised by Statistics Belgium. This survey analyses the main employment and unemployment developments according to international definitions. It is also used as a basis for a number of headline labour market indicators, such as employment and unemployment rates and economic activity rate.

To allow international comparison, unemployment rates are calculated according to the definitions of the International Labour Office.

Press release type:Statistics - Labour market and Living conditions , Statistics press releases
date: 26 March 2015