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The Dutch Labour Market Over The Last Two Centuries

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) recently published this chart, which shows the composition of the Dutch labour market since 1807, all the way up until 2016. In 1807 the Netherlands, or at that time Kingdom of Holland, led by Louis Bonaparte, conducted a census, which is why these statistics are available. At that time, nearly 40% of the Kingdom of Holland worked in agriculture, whereas now, that number has plummeted below 3%. Sectors like financial services, IT + logistics and business services have grown considerably.

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