In the second half of 2011 the amount of unemployment people decreased and the economy shrank in the Netherlands. In 2012 a further decrease of unemployment is expected in all the provinces of the Netherlands.
The regional differences in unemployment are big. In the northern province Groningen the unemployment percentage will be expected above 9% of the labour force. Whereas the province Zeeland only has a percentage of 4.3% of the labour force. The prospect of the nation average of unemployment in 2012 is 6.3% of the labour force.
Big companies announced reorganisations where in total thousands of jobs will be lost. Although mostly the finance sector and the industry sector are named when it comes to reorganisations, there are only a few sectors that can escape reorganisations and discharges.
In Overijssel the situation is the same as in entire Netherlands. Thanks to the relapse of the building and the industry the economy will shrimp with -0.1% in 2012. This is a big difference with the grow of 2.1% in 2011. This deterioration of the economy will have consequences for the labour market in Overijssel. The prospect of unemployment in 2012 will be 6.7% of the labour force.
Zwolle, the capital of the province Overijssel, is preparing for the big unemployment. The local authority want to help their inhabitants to go back to work. Hereby is the focus on special groups like youth or long term unemployed. This is what Zwolle does for its inhabitants:
Long term unemployed
When someone is long term unemployed it is extra difficult to find a job. Together with a consultant of the local authority you will perceive where your opportunities are. A plan will be made to increase your changes in the labour market. This could be done by helping with applying for jobs, an internship with conservation of welfare or even a job with allowance.
With help of the local authority you actively work on finding a job. If this doesn’t work you will improve you position in the labour market with extra education.
Local authority will help immigrants a lot to find a job. Especially in the area of language education and integrating in Dutch culture there is a lot possible.
There are also special arrangements for immigrants who want to be independent entrepreneurs. These immigrants can follow courses, get special financial arrangements and guidance.
With these measures Zwolle hopes to help decrease the percentage of unemployment people as much as possible.