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Labor > Unemployment rate: Countries Compared

Author: Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham <br>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..

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 ZimbabweZimbabwe 95% 2009
2 NauruNauru 90% 2004
3 LiberiaLiberia 85% 2003
4 Burkina FasoBurkina Faso 77% 2004
5 TurkmenistanTurkmenistan 60% 2004
6 Cocos (Keeling) IslandsCocos Islands 60% 2000
7 DjiboutiDjibouti 59% 2007
8 NamibiaNamibia 51.2% 2008
9 ZambiaZambia 50% 2000
10 SenegalSenegal 48% 2007
11 NepalNepal 46% 2008
12 LesothoLesotho 45% 2002
13 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia+ 43.1% 2010
14 SwazilandSwaziland 40% 2006
15 KenyaKenya 40% 2008
16 Marshall IslandsMarshall Isl. 36% 2006
17 AfghanistanAfghanistan 35% 2008
18 YemenYemen 35% 2003
19 Gaza StripGaza Strip 34.8% 2006
20 ReunionReunion 31% 2002
21 CameroonCameroon 30% 2001
22 LibyaLibya 30% 2004
23 MauritaniaMauritania 30% 2008
24 Equatorial GuineaEqu. Guinea 30% 1998
25 MaliMali 30% 2004
26 American SamoaAmerican Samoa 29.8% 2005
27 MartiniqueMartinique 27.2% 1998
28 GuadeloupeGuadeloupe 26.9% 2003
29 MayotteMayotte 25.4% 2005
30 South AfricaSouth Africa 23.3% 2010
31 DominicaDominica 23% 2000
32 MonacoMonaco 22% 1999
33 Federated States of MicronesiaMicronesia 22% 2000
34 Cape VerdeCape Verde 21% 2000
35 GabonGabon 21% 2006
36 MozambiqueMozambique 21% 1997
37 East TimorEast Timor 20% 2006
38 LebanonLebanon 20% 2006
39 SpainSpain 20% 2010
40 Saint LuciaSaint Lucia 20% 2003
41 ComorosComoros 20% 1996
42 Serbia and MontenegroSerbia+ 19.2% 2010
43 French GuianaFrench Guiana 19.2% 2003
44 SudanSudan 18.7% 2002
45 West BankWest Bank 18.6% 2006
46 KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan 18% 2004
47 LithuaniaLithuania 17.9% 2010
48 CroatiaCroatia 17.6% 2010
49 EstoniaEstonia 17.5% 2010
50 New CaledoniaNew Caledonia 17.1% 2004
51 Netherlands AntillesN. Antilles 17% 2002
52 GeorgiaGeorgia 16.4% 2009
53 IraqIraq 15.3% 2009
54 Wallis and FutunaWallis+ 15.2% 2003
55 BahrainBahrain 15% 2005
56 PakistanPakistan 15% 2010
57 OmanOman 15% 2004
58 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt Vincent+ 15% 2001
59 IranIran 14.6% 2010
60 MaldivesMaldives 14.5% 2010
South Asia averageSouth Asia average 14.5% 2005
61 LatviaLatvia 14.3% 2010
62 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 14.2% 2010
63 Saint HelenaSaint Helena 14% 1998
64 TunisiaTunisia 14% 2010
65 IrelandIreland 13.7% 2010
66 SlovakiaSlovakia 13.5% 2010
67 AlbaniaAlbania 13.5% 2008
68 JordanJordan 13.4% 2010
69 BelizeBelize 13.1% 2009
70 Cook IslandsCook Islands 13.1% 2005
71 Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire 13% 1998
72 TongaTonga 13% 2007
73 JamaicaJamaica 12.9% 2010
74 GrenadaGrenada 12.5% 2000
75 TurkeyTurkey 12.4% 2010
76 VenezuelaVenezuela 12.1% 2010
77 GreeceGreece 12% 2010
78 NiueNiue 12% 2001
79 Puerto RicoPuerto Rico 12% 2002
80 ColombiaColombia 11.8% 2010
81 PolandPoland 11.8% 2010
82 French PolynesiaFr. Polynesia 11.7% 2005
83 GuamGuam 11.4% 2002
84 GhanaGhana 11% 2000
85 Antigua and BarbudaAntigua+ 11% 2001
86 GuyanaGuyana 11% 2007
87 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 10.8% 2010
88 IndiaIndia 10.8% 2010
89 PortugalPortugal 10.7% 2010
90 BarbadosBarbados 10.7% 2003
91 HungaryHungary 10.7% 2010
92 SloveniaSlovenia 10.6% 2010
NATO countries averageNATO average 10.53% 2010
European Union averageEuropean Union average 10.44% 2010
Eurozone averageEurozone average 10.33% 2010
93 Saint Pierre and MiquelonSt Pierre+ 10.3% 1999
Emerging markets averageEmerging markets average 10.25% 2010
94 Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks+ 10% 1997
95 AlgeriaAlgeria 9.9% 2010
96 MoroccoMorocco 9.8% 2010
97 United StatesUnited States 9.7% 2010
98 EgyptEgypt 9.7% 2010
99 FranceFrance 9.5% 2010
100 SurinameSuriname 9.5% 2004
101 European UnionEuropean Union 9.5% 2010
102 BulgariaBulgaria 9.2% 2010
103 ChileChile 8.7% 2010
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average 8.55% 2010
104 BelgiumBelgium 8.5% 2010
105 FinlandFinland 8.4% 2010
106 ItalyItaly 8.4% 2010
107 UkraineUkraine 8.4% 2010
108 SyriaSyria 8.3% 2010
109 SwedenSweden 8.3% 2010
110 IcelandIceland 8.3% 2010
111 RomaniaRomania 8.2% 2010
112 CanadaCanada 8% 2010
113 Central African RepublicCentral Africa 8% 2001
114 AnguillaAnguilla 8% 2002
115 Northern Mariana IslandsN. Mariana 8% 2005
116 NicaraguaNicaragua 8% 2010
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 8% 2010
117 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 7.9% 2010
118 ArgentinaArgentina 7.9% 2010
119 FijiFiji 7.6% 1999
120 The BahamasThe Bahamas 7.6% 2006
121 RussiaRussia 7.6% 2010
122 MauritiusMauritius 7.5% 2010
123 BotswanaBotswana 7.5% 2007
Former Spanish colonies averageFormer Spanish colonies average 7.46% 2010
124 GermanyGermany 7.4% 2010
125 Costa RicaCosta Rica 7.3% 2010
126 PhilippinesPhilippines 7.3% 2010
127 IndonesiaIndonesia 7.1% 2010
128 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 7.1% 2010
129 ArmeniaArmenia 7.1% 2007
130 AndorraAndorra 7% 2008
131 El SalvadorEl Salvador 7% 2010
132 BrazilBrazil 7% 2010
133 MaltaMalta 7% 2009
134 ArubaAruba 6.9% 2005
135 GreenlandGreenland 6.8% 2007
136 UruguayUruguay 6.8% 2010
137 PeruPeru 6.7% 2010
138 PanamaPanama 6.5% 2010
139 MoldovaMoldova 6.5% 2010
140 BoliviaBolivia 6.5% 2010
141 New ZealandNew Zealand 6.5% 2010
142 IsraelIsrael 6.4% 2010
143 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ 6.4% 2010
144 Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands 6.2% 2004
Non-religious countries averageNon-religious countries average 6.07% 2010
145 MontserratMontserrat 6% 1998
146 MadagascarMadagascar 5.9% 1998
147 ParaguayParaguay 5.7% 2010
148 BurmaBurma 5.7% 2010
149 MexicoMexico 5.6% 2010
150 CyprusCyprus 5.6% 2010
151 NetherlandsNetherlands 5.5% 2010
152 LuxembourgLuxembourg 5.5% 2010
153 KazakhstanKazakhstan 5.5% 2010
154 Sri LankaSri Lanka 5.4% 2010
155 TaiwanTaiwan 5.2% 2010
156 AustraliaAustralia 5.1% 2010
157 JapanJapan 5.1% 2010
158 HondurasHonduras 5.1% 2010
159 EcuadorEcuador 5% 2010
160 NigeriaNigeria 4.9% 2007
161 BangladeshBangladesh 4.8% 2010
162 Hong KongHong Kong 4.6% 2010
163 Saint Kitts and NevisSt Kitts+ 4.5% 1997
164 AustriaAustria 4.5% 2010
165 PalauPalau 4.2% 2005
166 DenmarkDenmark 4.2% 2010
167 ChinaChina 4% 2007
168 Cayman IslandsCayman Islands 4% 2008
169 BhutanBhutan 4% 2009
170 Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands 3.9% 2009
171 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 3.9% 2010
172 San MarinoSan Marino 3.8% 2009
173 BruneiBrunei 3.7% 2008
174 NorwayNorway 3.6% 2010
175 MacauMacau 3.6% 2009
176 British Virgin IslandsBrit. Virgin Isl. 3.6% 1997
177 MalaysiaMalaysia 3.5% 2010
178 CambodiaCambodia 3.5% 2007
179 South KoreaSouth Korea 3.3% 2010
180 GuatemalaGuatemala 3.2% 2005
181 GibraltarGibraltar 3% 2005
182 VietnamVietnam 2.9% 2010
183 MongoliaMongolia 2.8% 2008
184 LaosLaos 2.5% 2009
185 United Arab EmiratesUAE 2.4% 2001
186 JerseyJersey 2.2% 2006
187 TajikistanTajikistan 2.2% 2009
188 KuwaitKuwait 2.2% 2004
189 BermudaBermuda 2.1% 2004
190 SingaporeSingapore 2.1% 2010
191 CubaCuba 2% 2010
192 KiribatiKiribati 2% 1992
193 SeychellesSeychelles 2% 2006
194 Papua New GuineaPapua NG 1.8% 2004
195 VanuatuVanuatu 1.7% 1999
196 LiechtensteinLiechtenstein 1.5% 2007
197 ThailandThailand 1.2% 2010
198 UzbekistanUzbekistan 1.1% 2010
199 BelarusBelarus 1% 2009
200 GuernseyGuernsey 0.9% 2006
201 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 0.9% 2010
202 QatarQatar 0.5% 2010

Citation

"All countries compared for Labor > Unemployment rate", 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 <br>Staff Editor

Ian Graham <br>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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