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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
=5 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
=14 Kenya 40% 2008
16 Marshall Islands 36% 2006
=17 Afghanistan 35% 2008
=17 Yemen 35% 2003
19 Gaza Strip 34.8% 2006
20 Reunion 31% 2002
=21 Cameroon 30% 2001
=21 Libya 30% 2004
=21 Mauritania 30% 2008
=21 Equatorial Guinea 30% 1998
=21 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
=32 Federated States of Micronesia 22% 2000
=34 Cape Verde 21% 2000
=34 Gabon 21% 2006
=34 Mozambique 21% 1997
=37 East Timor 20% 2006
=37 Lebanon 20% 2006
=37 Spain 20% 2010
=37 Saint Lucia 20% 2003
=37 Comoros 20% 1996
=42 Serbia and Montenegro 19.2% 2010
=42 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
=55 Pakistan 15% 2010
=55 Oman 15% 2004
=55 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
=63 Tunisia 14% 2010
65 Ireland 13.7% 2010
=66 Slovakia 13.5% 2010
=66 Albania 13.5% 2008
68 Jordan 13.4% 2010
=69 Belize 13.1% 2009
=69 Cook Islands 13.1% 2005
=71 Cote d'Ivoire 13% 1998
=71 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
=77 Niue 12% 2001
=77 Puerto Rico 12% 2002
=80 Colombia 11.8% 2010
=80 Poland 11.8% 2010
82 French Polynesia 11.7% 2005
83 Guam 11.4% 2002
=84 Ghana 11% 2000
=84 Antigua and Barbuda 11% 2001
=84 Guyana 11% 2007
=87 Saudi Arabia 10.8% 2010
=87 India 10.8% 2010
=89 Portugal 10.7% 2010
=89 Barbados 10.7% 2003
=89 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
=97 Egypt 9.7% 2010
=99 France 9.5% 2010
=99 Suriname 9.5% 2004
=99 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
=105 Italy 8.4% 2010
=105 Ukraine 8.4% 2010
=108 Syria 8.3% 2010
=108 Sweden 8.3% 2010
=108 Iceland 8.3% 2010
111 Romania 8.2% 2010
=112 Canada 8% 2010
=112 Central African Republic 8% 2001
=112 Anguilla 8% 2002
=112 Northern Mariana Islands 8% 2005
=112 Nicaragua 8% 2010
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 8% 2010
=117 United Kingdom 7.9% 2010
=117 Argentina 7.9% 2010
=119 Fiji 7.6% 1999
=119 The Bahamas 7.6% 2006
=119 Russia 7.6% 2010
=122 Mauritius 7.5% 2010
=122 Botswana 7.5% 2007
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 7.46% 2010
124 Germany 7.4% 2010
=125 Costa Rica 7.3% 2010
=125 Philippines 7.3% 2010
=127 Indonesia 7.1% 2010
=127 Czech Republic 7.1% 2010
=127 Armenia 7.1% 2007
=130 Andorra 7% 2008
=130 El Salvador 7% 2010
=130 Brazil 7% 2010
=130 Malta 7% 2009
134 Aruba 6.9% 2005
=135 Greenland 6.8% 2007
=135 Uruguay 6.8% 2010
137 Peru 6.7% 2010
=138 Panama 6.5% 2010
=138 Moldova 6.5% 2010
=138 Bolivia 6.5% 2010
=138 New Zealand 6.5% 2010
=142 Israel 6.4% 2010
=142 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
=147 Burma 5.7% 2010
=149 Mexico 5.6% 2010
=149 Cyprus 5.6% 2010
=151 Netherlands 5.5% 2010
=151 Luxembourg 5.5% 2010
=151 Kazakhstan 5.5% 2010
154 Sri Lanka 5.4% 2010
155 Taiwan 5.2% 2010
=156 Australia 5.1% 2010
=156 Japan 5.1% 2010
=156 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
=163 Austria 4.5% 2010
=165 Palau 4.2% 2005
=165 Denmark 4.2% 2010
=167 China 4% 2007
=167 Cayman Islands 4% 2008
=167 Bhutan 4% 2009
=170 Faroe Islands 3.9% 2009
=170 Switzerland 3.9% 2010
172 San Marino 3.8% 2009
173 Brunei 3.7% 2008
=174 Norway 3.6% 2010
=174 Macau 3.6% 2009
=174 British Virgin Islands 3.6% 1997
=177 Malaysia 3.5% 2010
=177 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
=186 Tajikistan 2.2% 2009
=186 Kuwait 2.2% 2004
=189 Bermuda 2.1% 2004
=189 Singapore 2.1% 2010
=191 Cuba 2% 2010
=191 Kiribati 2% 1992
=191 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
=200 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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Interesting observations about 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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