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Labor > Unemployment > Long-term unemployment > Long-term unemployment: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Long-term unemployment is conventionally defined either as those unemployed for 6 months or more or, as here, those unemployed for 12 months or more. The ratios calculated here show the proportion of these long-term unemployed among all unemployed.

Unemployment is defined in most OECD countries in accordance with the ILO Guidelines. Unemployment is usually measured by household labour force surveys and the unemployed are defined as those persons who report that they have worked in gainful employment for less than one hour in the previous week, who are available for work and who have taken actions to seek employment in the previous four weeks. The ILO Guidelines specify the kinds of actions that count as seeking work.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Slovakia 70.82% 2009
2 Germany 56.63% 2009
3 Czech Republic 53.39% 2009
4 Greece 50.28% 2009
5 Belgium 50.04% 2009
6 Italy 49.91% 2009
7 Hungary 47.55% 2009
8 Portugal 47.32% 2009
9 Poland 45.86% 2009
10 Netherlands 41.75% 2009
11 Switzerland 40.78% 2009
12 France 40.36% 2009
13 Luxembourg 33.54% 2009
14 Japan 31.98% 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 31.58% 2009
High income OECD countries average (profile) 30.82% 2009
15 Turkey 30.43% 2009
16 Ireland 30.34% 2009
17 Spain 27.62% 2009
18 Austria 26.84% 2009
19 United Kingdom 24.74% 2009
20 Finland 22.97% 2009
21 Denmark 18.18% 2009
22 Australia 15.45% 2009
23 Sweden 12.95% 2009
24 United States 9.95% 2009
25 Norway 8.76% 2009
26 Iceland 7.98% 2009
27 Canada 7.46% 2009
28 New Zealand 5.73% 2009
29 Mexico 2.72% 2009
30 South Korea 0.562% 2009

Citation

"Countries Compared by Labor > Unemployment > Long-term unemployment > Long-term unemployment. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", OECD Country statistical profiles 2009. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Labor/Unemployment/Long--term-unemployment/Long--term-unemployment

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