Employment barometer – January 2020 2020-02-28

How many persons were employed in the month of January 2020 ?

Employed workers

The average number of employed persons in the month of January 2020 amounted to 4,082,369, which is an increase compared to January 2019 (+50,200).

The number of employed persons was higher than a year ago (+1.2%); consequently the upward trend of the previous years continues.

Men and women

The growth in employment is higher for women (+1.4%) then for men (+1%).

Age groups

The evolution of the employment rate is not only due to the workers of these age groups who find or lose a job but is likewise connected to the increase/decrease of the population belonging to those age groups.

The number of young workers (< 25 years) has decreased by -0.7% compared to last year.

In the 25-39 age category the average number of employed persons increased, compared to the month of January 2019 (+0.5%).

In the 40-49 age category a limited rise in the number of employed persons can be registered if it is compared to the employment rate of January 2019 (+0.3%).

The employment of workers of 50 to 64 years of age has increased by 3.1%, compared to January 2019.

Place of residence

On an annual basis the average number of workers has grown in the three regions of the country. The relative increase is the strongest in the Brussels Region (+2.3%) and is as large for Flemish (+1%) and Walloon workers (+1.1%).

More information

More detailed figures and explanations about the applied methodology can be found in the Monthly employment barometer (in French).

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