The data of our labor force is extremely important, since it gives us an overview of the economic and social development of our country. For this reason, during a census, the CBS asked every person 14 years and older if they worked during the week before the census.
The results of the Censo2020, indicate that on October 1, 2021, 43.632 persons were employed, 4.111 persons were unemployed and looking for a job. 40.039 persons were not active in our workforce, meaning they were unemployed and looking for a job.
The pandemic affecte the labor market around the world. To get a better overview of the effects of the pandemic, a comparison was made between the results of the pilot census of 2019 and the Censo2020.
Between the pilot census in 2019 and the Censo 2020, the unemployment rate increased from 5.2% to 8,6%. For men, the unemployment rate increase from 5.3 5 in 2019 to 9.3% in 2020. For women the unemployment rate was 5.2% in 2019 and 8.0% in 2020.
Due to the pandemic the non-active persons in our labor market increased substantially. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of inactive persons in our labor market increased with 26.8%. Normally, this group consists of pensioners and school going persons. In 2020, it also included persons who were waiting for work to reassume after the effects of COVID-19 pass.
The participation of men and women in the labour market also decreased considerably during the pandemic, from 70.5% in 2019 to 58% in 2020 for men and from 60,2% in 2019 to 51,2% in 2020 for women.