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Labor > Unemployment rate: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Germany’s unemployment rate rose slightly in March to 12 percent, the highest rate since the end of World War II.

The number of jobless people in the country fell by 40,000 in the month, to a total of 5.17 million, but the rate rose because of adjustments for seasonal variations in employment levels. The drop in the number of unemployed was less than usual for the month of March, which usually sees a rise in employment. Another factor contributing to the record unemployment level was the reclassification of people receiving social welfare as long-term unemployed.

The jobless rate is expected to play a crucial role in upcoming elections in the North Rhine-Westphalia province, where more than a million people are out of work and the unemployment rate is 12.4 percent. Polls show the Social Democrats are trailing the opposition Christian Democrats by 10 percentage points in the province.

DEFINITION: The percent of the labor force that is without jobs. Substantial underemployment might be noted.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Zimbabwe 95% 2009
2 Nauru 90% 2004
3 Liberia 85% 2003
4 Burkina Faso 77% 2004
5 Turkmenistan 60% 2004
6 Cocos (Keeling) Islands 60% 2000
7 Djibouti 59% 2007
8 Namibia 51.2% 2008
9 Zambia 50% 2000
10 Senegal 48% 2007
11 Nepal 46% 2008
12 Lesotho 45% 2002
13 Bosnia and Herzegovina 43.1% 2010
14 Swaziland 40% 2006
15 Kenya 40% 2008
16 Marshall Islands 36% 2006
17 Afghanistan 35% 2008
18 Yemen 35% 2003
19 Gaza Strip 34.8% 2006
20 Reunion 31% 2002
21 Cameroon 30% 2001
22 Libya 30% 2004
23 Mauritania 30% 2008
24 Equatorial Guinea 30% 1998
25 Mali 30% 2004
26 American Samoa 29.8% 2005
27 Martinique 27.2% 1998
28 Guadeloupe 26.9% 2003
29 Mayotte 25.4% 2005
30 South Africa 23.3% 2010
31 Dominica 23% 2000
32 Monaco 22% 1999
33 Federated States of Micronesia 22% 2000
34 Cape Verde 21% 2000
35 Gabon 21% 2006
36 Mozambique 21% 1997
37 East Timor 20% 2006
38 Lebanon 20% 2006
39 Spain 20% 2010
40 Saint Lucia 20% 2003
41 Comoros 20% 1996
42 Serbia and Montenegro 19.2% 2010
43 French Guiana 19.2% 2003
44 Sudan 18.7% 2002
45 West Bank 18.6% 2006
46 Kyrgyzstan 18% 2004
47 Lithuania 17.9% 2010
48 Croatia 17.6% 2010
49 Estonia 17.5% 2010
50 New Caledonia 17.1% 2004
51 Netherlands Antilles 17% 2002
52 Georgia 16.4% 2009
53 Iraq 15.3% 2009
54 Wallis and Futuna 15.2% 2003
55 Bahrain 15% 2005
56 Pakistan 15% 2010
57 Oman 15% 2004
58 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 15% 2001
59 Iran 14.6% 2010
60 Maldives 14.5% 2010
South Asia average (profile) 14.5% 2005
61 Latvia 14.3% 2010
62 Dominican Republic 14.2% 2010
63 Saint Helena 14% 1998
64 Tunisia 14% 2010
65 Ireland 13.7% 2010
66 Slovakia 13.5% 2010
67 Albania 13.5% 2008
68 Jordan 13.4% 2010
69 Belize 13.1% 2009
70 Cook Islands 13.1% 2005
71 Cote d'Ivoire 13% 1998
72 Tonga 13% 2007
73 Jamaica 12.9% 2010
74 Grenada 12.5% 2000
75 Turkey 12.4% 2010
76 Venezuela 12.1% 2010
77 Greece 12% 2010
78 Niue 12% 2001
79 Puerto Rico 12% 2002
80 Colombia 11.8% 2010
81 Poland 11.8% 2010
82 French Polynesia 11.7% 2005
83 Guam 11.4% 2002
84 Ghana 11% 2000
85 Antigua and Barbuda 11% 2001
86 Guyana 11% 2007
87 Saudi Arabia 10.8% 2010
88 India 10.8% 2010
89 Portugal 10.7% 2010
90 Barbados 10.7% 2003
91 Hungary 10.7% 2010
92 Slovenia 10.6% 2010
NATO countries average (profile) 10.53% 2010
European Union average (profile) 10.44% 2010
Eurozone average (profile) 10.33% 2010
93 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 10.3% 1999
Emerging markets average (profile) 10.25% 2010
94 Turks and Caicos Islands 10% 1997
95 Algeria 9.9% 2010
96 Morocco 9.8% 2010
97 United States 9.7% 2010
98 Egypt 9.7% 2010
99 France 9.5% 2010
100 Suriname 9.5% 2004
101 European Union 9.5% 2010
102 Bulgaria 9.2% 2010
103 Chile 8.7% 2010
High income OECD countries average (profile) 8.55% 2010
104 Belgium 8.5% 2010
105 Finland 8.4% 2010
106 Italy 8.4% 2010
107 Ukraine 8.4% 2010
108 Syria 8.3% 2010
109 Sweden 8.3% 2010
110 Iceland 8.3% 2010
111 Romania 8.2% 2010
112 Canada 8% 2010
113 Central African Republic 8% 2001
114 Anguilla 8% 2002
115 Northern Mariana Islands 8% 2005
116 Nicaragua 8% 2010
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 8% 2010
117 United Kingdom 7.9% 2010
118 Argentina 7.9% 2010
119 Fiji 7.6% 1999
120 The Bahamas 7.6% 2006
121 Russia 7.6% 2010
122 Mauritius 7.5% 2010
123 Botswana 7.5% 2007
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 7.46% 2010
124 Germany 7.4% 2010
125 Costa Rica 7.3% 2010
126 Philippines 7.3% 2010
127 Indonesia 7.1% 2010
128 Czech Republic 7.1% 2010
129 Armenia 7.1% 2007
130 Andorra 7% 2008
131 El Salvador 7% 2010
132 Brazil 7% 2010
133 Malta 7% 2009
134 Aruba 6.9% 2005
135 Greenland 6.8% 2007
136 Uruguay 6.8% 2010
137 Peru 6.7% 2010
138 Panama 6.5% 2010
139 Moldova 6.5% 2010
140 Bolivia 6.5% 2010
141 New Zealand 6.5% 2010
142 Israel 6.4% 2010
143 Trinidad and Tobago 6.4% 2010
144 Virgin Islands 6.2% 2004
Non-religious countries average (profile) 6.07% 2010
145 Montserrat 6% 1998
146 Madagascar 5.9% 1998
147 Paraguay 5.7% 2010
148 Burma 5.7% 2010
149 Mexico 5.6% 2010
150 Cyprus 5.6% 2010
151 Netherlands 5.5% 2010
152 Luxembourg 5.5% 2010
153 Kazakhstan 5.5% 2010
154 Sri Lanka 5.4% 2010
155 Taiwan 5.2% 2010
156 Australia 5.1% 2010
157 Japan 5.1% 2010
158 Honduras 5.1% 2010
159 Ecuador 5% 2010
160 Nigeria 4.9% 2007
161 Bangladesh 4.8% 2010
162 Hong Kong 4.6% 2010
163 Saint Kitts and Nevis 4.5% 1997
164 Austria 4.5% 2010
165 Palau 4.2% 2005
166 Denmark 4.2% 2010
167 China 4% 2007
168 Cayman Islands 4% 2008
169 Bhutan 4% 2009
170 Faroe Islands 3.9% 2009
171 Switzerland 3.9% 2010
172 San Marino 3.8% 2009
173 Brunei 3.7% 2008
174 Norway 3.6% 2010
175 Macau 3.6% 2009
176 British Virgin Islands 3.6% 1997
177 Malaysia 3.5% 2010
178 Cambodia 3.5% 2007
179 South Korea 3.3% 2010
180 Guatemala 3.2% 2005
181 Gibraltar 3% 2005
182 Vietnam 2.9% 2010
183 Mongolia 2.8% 2008
184 Laos 2.5% 2009
185 United Arab Emirates 2.4% 2001
186 Jersey 2.2% 2006
187 Tajikistan 2.2% 2009
188 Kuwait 2.2% 2004
189 Bermuda 2.1% 2004
190 Singapore 2.1% 2010
191 Cuba 2% 2010
192 Kiribati 2% 1992
193 Seychelles 2% 2006
194 Papua New Guinea 1.8% 2004
195 Vanuatu 1.7% 1999
196 Liechtenstein 1.5% 2007
197 Thailand 1.2% 2010
198 Uzbekistan 1.1% 2010
199 Belarus 1% 2009
200 Guernsey 0.9% 2006
201 Azerbaijan 0.9% 2010
202 Qatar 0.5% 2010

Citation

"Countries Compared by Labor > Unemployment rate. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Labor/Unemployment-rate

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Germany’s unemployment rate rose slightly in March to 12 percent, the highest rate since the end of World War II.

The number of jobless people in the country fell by 40,000 in the month, to a total of 5.17 million, but the rate rose because of adjustments for seasonal variations in employment levels. The drop in the number of unemployed was less than usual for the month of March, which usually sees a rise in employment. Another factor contributing to the record unemployment level was the reclassification of people receiving social welfare as long-term unemployed.

The jobless rate is expected to play a crucial role in upcoming elections in the North Rhine-Westphalia province, where more than a million people are out of work and the unemployment rate is 12.4 percent. Polls show the Social Democrats are trailing the opposition Christian Democrats by 10 percentage points in the province.

Posted on 06 Apr 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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Half of these numbers are over 10 years old and the most current is from 2007. Come on, "most recent"? Remove this page.

Posted on 24 Jun 2010

Brian

Brian

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Have of these numbers are over 10 years old and the most current is from 2007. Come on, "most recent"? Remove this page.

Posted on 24 Jun 2010

Brian

Brian

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Are you kidding me? Take this page down.

Posted on 06 Jul 2009

abc

abc

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The data is not look correct.
Bangladesh: 2.5% 2007
In our country Bangladesh, the rate is very high.

Posted on 02 Jul 2009

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Abdul Kader MP (quaish)

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