The city of Groningen added 4,100 new jobs between April 2016 and April 2017.
By Marieke Bos / Translation by Traci White
According to the municipality, Groningen is leading the pack nationwide in terms of employment growth. While the national average grew by 1.5 percent, Groningen’s job numbers increased by 3.1 percent. The municipality says that the number of permanent positions in particular has experienced dramatic growth.
Aside from industry and utilities, employment opportunities have been added in nearly every sector. Due to expanded operations at UMCG, the Healthy Ageing field also experienced considerable growth.
The number of new businesses is also on the rise. With 807 additional companies in town, there are 4.8 percent more businesses in Groningen now than one year ago – on the national level, average business growth is 2.8 percent.
The municipality had stated a goal of having 137,500 jobs in the city by the end of 2019 through the G-Kwadraat project. That goal has already been achieved: as of April 2017, the municipality of Groningen had 139,152 jobs.