The labour market in absolute figures

The table below shows a number of labour market figures for the most recent year. To (de)select variables, click on the icon below the table to start the interactive application.

The employed population comprises all people aged 15 and over in paid employment or self-employment.

The unemployed population are the unemployed according to International Labour Office (ILO) definitions: the economically active population without employment. These are all people aged 15 and over who were without employment, immediately available for the labour market and actively looking for employment.

The economically inactive population comprises all people who are not economically active, including people under 15 years of age, namely: people who occupy themselves exclusively with their households, who volunteer, students and retired people.

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Active (working and unemployed) and inactive population of 15-64 years by gender for Belgium and the regions, 2003 and 2013

  Reference period
2005 2015
Gender Gender
Males
Females
TOTAL
Males
Females
TOTAL
Residence Age (15-24 / 25-49 / 50-64)     60.193 63.418 123.610 69.258 70.248 139.506
Brussels-Capital region From 15 to 24 years Total population  
Working population   12.914 10.939 23.853 10.988 9.818 20.805
Unemployed population   7.224 5.597 12.821 6.840 . 11.791
Inactive population   40.055 46.882 86.937 51.430 55.480 106.910
From 25 to 49 years Total population   197.736 194.678 392.414 234.674 232.089 466.763
Working population   149.104 117.741 266.845 170.469 140.997 311.465
Unemployed population   28.443 23.590 52.032 36.415 26.989 63.404
Inactive population   20.190 53.347 73.536 27.791 64.104 91.895
From 50 to 64 years Total population   74.236 80.820 155.057 90.634 94.860 185.493
Working population   43.762 33.526 77.288 52.304 44.791 97.095
Unemployed population   . . 7.726 10.506 5.130 15.635
Inactive population   25.681 44.362 70.043 27.825 44.939 72.763
Flanders region From 15 to 24 years Total population   363.478 350.257 713.735 373.666 360.464 734.130
Working population   123.018 103.963 226.981 111.830 92.920 204.750
Unemployed population   19.978 17.544 37.522 22.136 14.459 36.596
Inactive population   220.481 228.751 449.232 239.700 253.085 492.784
From 25 to 49 years Total population   1.094.777 1.066.485 2.161.262 1.051.559 1.035.521 2.087.080
Working population   1.002.874 846.653 1.849.527 930.206 848.813 1.779.019
Unemployed population   41.394 47.480 88.874 46.407 36.043 82.449
Inactive population   50.510 172.352 222.862 74.947 150.665 225.612
From 50 to 64 years Total population   558.407 551.550 1.109.956 672.311 663.148 1.335.459
Working population   321.636 187.931 509.568 420.933 354.337 775.270
Unemployed population   11.512 11.557 23.069 20.666 12.264 32.930
Inactive population   225.259 352.061 577.320 230.712 296.547 527.259
Walloon region From 15 to 24 years Total population   217.292 209.651 426.943 225.668 217.435 443.103
Working population   53.642 40.838 94.479 44.280 37.786 82.067
Unemployed population   23.209 21.241 44.450 23.218 15.827 39.045
Inactive population   140.442 147.573 288.014 158.169 163.822 321.991
From 25 to 49 years Total population   593.316 589.735 1.183.051 585.359 581.939 1.167.298
Working population   491.796 386.454 878.250 452.090 403.986 856.076
Unemployed population   50.474 56.071 106.545 60.724 50.192 110.916
Inactive population   51.046 147.210 198.256 72.545 127.761 200.306
From 50 to 64 years Total population   300.174 310.011 610.184 354.730 367.218 721.947
Working population   162.440 109.813 272.253 203.762 168.985 372.747
Unemployed population   9.183 8.447 17.630 16.116 12.509 28.625
Inactive population   128.552 191.750 320.302 134.852 185.724 320.576
BELGIUM From 15 to 24 years Total population   640.962 623.326 1.264.288 668.592 648.147 1.316.738
Working population   189.574 155.739 345.312 167.098 140.524 307.622
Unemployed population   50.411 44.382 94.793 52.195 35.237 87.432
Inactive population   400.978 423.205 824.183 449.299 472.386 921.685
From 25 to 49 years Total population   1.885.829 1.850.898 3.736.727 1.871.592 1.849.549 3.721.141
Working population   1.643.774 1.350.848 2.994.622 1.552.765 1.393.795 2.946.560
Unemployed population   120.310 127.141 247.451 143.546 113.224 256.769
Inactive population   121.745 372.909 494.654 175.282 342.530 517.812
From 50 to 64 years Total population   932.817 942.380 1.875.197 1.117.674 1.125.225 2.242.899
Working population   527.838 331.271 859.109 676.999 568.113 1.245.111
Unemployed population   25.488 22.936 48.424 47.287 29.903 77.190
Inactive population   379.492 588.174 967.665 393.388 527.210 920.598

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