Brussels' youth unemployment halved after six-year continuous drop

Brussels' youth unemployment halved after six-year continuous drop

Youth unemployment in the European capital reaches its lowest level since 1990 with for the first time less than 7 000 young jobseekers

There are now 6.971 young jobseekers in Brussels, 922 less than last year (-11,7%), as the youth unemployment rate reaches 18,2%. The number of young jobseekers in the European capital has been cut in half (-50,2%) since July 2013.

Overall, the total number of jobseekers in Brussels is 87.735. Decreasing for the 57th consecutive month, the unemployment rate is at 15,6%. In one year's time, there has been a fall of 2.938 people (-3,2%). Compared to the month of July 2013, the unemployment rate has decreased by 21,1% (-23.477 people).

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Six years after the adoption by the Council of the EU of the Recommendation establishing a Youth Guarantee, young people’s labour market performance has improved significantly in the Brussels Capital Region.

With the support of the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative, Actiris - the Brussels' employment office - has intensified efforts to tackle youth unemployment by implementing several reorganisations such as the set-up of a dedicated service to match young people with employers. Moreover, several measures of personalized information and individualized guidance have been put into place.


Some key facts & figures

Since the launch of the Youth Guarantee in Brussels :

  • 5 643 trainees have gained a valuable first professional experience with the "First-traineeship"-program
  • Youth unemployment rate has decreased from 30,8% to 18,2%
  • Total unemployment rate has dropped from 21% to 15,6%, its lowest point since 1992


Background information : what is the Youth Guarantee ?

The Youth Guarantee is a commitment by all EU Member States to ensure that all young people under the age of 25 years receive: a good quality offer of employment, continued education, apprenticeship, traineeship within a period of four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education.

The  successful results of this initiative inspired Actiris to launch the “Guarantee for All” which will expand the Youth Guarantee principles to all first-time registrants.


About Actiris

Actiris est l’Office Régional Bruxellois de l’Emploi. En tant que service public de l’emploi, Actiris est l’acteur principal et le fournisseur de solutions pour l’emploi dans la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale. Actiris concentre ses actions et moyens sur deux missions: garantir le matching entre employeurs et chercheurs d’emploi et organiser la transition vers l’emploi. Actiris est également mandaté pour la coordination de l’Observatoire bruxellois de l’Emploi.

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Actiris is de Brusselse gewestelijke dienst voor arbeidsbemiddeling. Als Brusselse openbaretewerkstellingsdienst is Actiris de centrale speler en leverancier van oplossingen voor de tewerkstelling in het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest. Actiris concentreert zijn actie en middelen rond twee opdrachten: het garanderen van de matching tussen werkgevers en werkzoekenden en het organiseren van de doorstroming naar werk. Daarnaast is Actiris ook gemandateerd om het Brussels Observatorium voor de Werkgelegenheid te coördineren.

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