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Labor > Unemployment > Unemployment rates > Unemployment rates > Total: 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. 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 the unemployed plus those in employment, which are defined as persons who have worked for one hour or more in the last week.

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.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Slovakia 11.1% 2009
2 Turkey 9.8% 2009
3 Poland 9.6% 2009
4 Germany 8.4% 2009
=5 Greece 8.3% 2009
=5 Spain 8.3% 2009
=5 France 8.3% 2009
8 Portugal 8.1% 2009
9 Belgium 7.5% 2009
10 Hungary 7.4% 2009
11 Finland 6.9% 2009
=12 Sweden 6.2% 2009
=12 Italy 6.2% 2009
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 6.1% 2009
14 Canada 6% 2009
High income OECD countries average (profile) 5.7% 2009
=15 Czech Republic 5.3% 2009
=15 United Kingdom 5.3% 2009
17 Ireland 4.7% 2009
18 United States 4.6% 2009
=19 Australia 4.4% 2009
=19 Austria 4.4% 2009
21 Luxembourg 4.2% 2009
22 Japan 3.9% 2009
23 Denmark 3.8% 2009
24 Mexico 3.7% 2009
=25 Switzerland 3.6% 2009
=25 New Zealand 3.6% 2009
=27 Netherlands 3.2% 2009
=27 South Korea 3.2% 2009
29 Norway 2.6% 2009
30 Iceland 2.3% 2009

Citation

"Countries Compared by Labor > Unemployment > Unemployment rates > Unemployment rates > Total. 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/Unemployment-rates/Unemployment-rates/Total

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