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Labor > Unemployment > Regional unemployment > National unemployment rate per million: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Unemployed persons are defined as those who report that they are without work, that they are available for work and that they have taken active steps to find work in the last four weeks preceding the survey. The ILO Guidelines specify what actions count as active steps to find work and these include answering vacancy notices, visiting factories, construction sites and other places of work, and placing advertisements in the press as well as registering with labour offices.

The unemployment rate is defined as the number of unemployed persons as a percentage of the labour force, where the latter consists of unemployed and employed persons.

When unemployment is high, some persons become discouraged and stop looking for work. They are then excluded from the labour force so that the unemployment rate may fall, or stop rising, even though there has been no underlying improvement in the labour market.

The Gini index offers an accurate picture of regional disparities. It looks not only at the regions with the highest and the lowest rates of unemployment but also at the differences among all regions. The index ranges between 0 and 1: the higher its value, the larger the regional disparities. Regional disparities tend to be underestimated when the size of regions is large.

The youth unemployment rate is defined as the ratio between the unemployed person aged between 15 and 24 and the labour force in the same age group. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Iceland 9.04% 2009
2 Luxembourg 6.16% 2009
3 Slovakia 2.46% 2009
4 Finland 1.45% 2009
High income OECD countries average (profile) 1.07% 2009
5 Ireland 0.986% 2009
6 New Zealand 0.874% 2009
7 Greece 0.776% 2009
8 Belgium 0.764% 2009
9 Sweden 0.761% 2009
10 Hungary 0.753% 2009
11 Denmark 0.743% 2009
12 Portugal 0.724% 2009
13 Norway 0.716% 2009
14 Czech Republic 0.683% 2009
15 Austria 0.568% 2009
16 Switzerland 0.5% 2009
17 Poland 0.363% 2009
18 Netherlands 0.236% 2009
19 Australia 0.225% 2009
20 Canada 0.187% 2009
21 Spain 0.186% 2009
22 France 0.141% 2009
23 Turkey 0.139% 2009
24 Germany 0.126% 2009
25 Italy 0.114% 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 0.1% 2009
26 United Kingdom 0.0871% 2009
27 South Korea 0.0702% 2009
28 Japan 0.0324% 2009
29 Mexico 0.0272% 2009
30 United States 0.0151% 2009

Citation

"Countries Compared by Labor > Unemployment > Regional unemployment > National unemployment rate per million. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", OECD Country statistical profiles 2009. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Labor/Unemployment/Regional-unemployment/National-unemployment-rate-per-million

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