For the first time since 2017, the number of people on social support benefits has grown again. The coronavirus crisis left many people with no work and financial difficulties. 28 out of 1,000 people received government aid in 2020, Statistics Netherlands reported. That means that more people are receiving benefits now than early in the financial crisis that started in 2008. In 2009, 22 out of 1,000 people had to request governmental support. In the economic recession that followed, that increased to 30 out of 1,000 people in 2017.