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International Comparisons Data


51. Unemployment rates adjusted to U.S. concepts, 10 countries,
seasonally adjusted

[Percent]

   Country       2007    2008                 2007
                                   I      II      III     IV

United States     4.6     5.8     4.5     4.5     4.7     4.8
Canada            5.3     5.3     5.4     5.2     5.2     5.2
Australia         4.4     4.2     4.5     4.3     4.3     4.4
Japan             3.9     4.0     4.0     3.8     3.8     3.9
France            8.1     7.5     8.6     8.2     8.1     7.7
Germany           8.7     7.5     9.2     8.8     8.6     8.2
Italy             6.2     6.8     6.2     6.1     6.3     6.4
Netherlands       3.2     2.8     3.6     3.2     3.0     3.0
Sweden            6.2     6.2     6.3     6.1     5.8     5.8
United Kingdom    5.4     5.7     5.5     5.4     5.3     5.2

   Country                    2008                   2009
                   I      II      III     IV      I       II

United States     4.9     5.4     6.0     6.9     8.1     9.2
Canada            5.2     5.3     5.3     5.6     6.7     7.5
Australia         4.0     4.2     4.2     4.5     5.3     5.7
Japan             3.9     4.1     4.1     4.1     4.5     5.3
France            7.2     7.4     7.5     8.0     8.7     9.3
Germany           7.8     7.6     7.4     7.4     7.7     8.0
Italy             6.6     6.8     6.9     7.1     7.3     7.4
Netherlands       2.9     2.8     2.6     2.8     3.1     3.3
Sweden            5.7     5.8     5.9     6.5     7.4     8.2
United Kingdom    5.3     5.4     5.9     6.3     7.0     7.8

Quarterly figures for France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands are
calculated by applying annual adjustment factors to current published
data and therefore should be viewed as less precise indicators of
unemployment under U.S. concepts than the annual figures. For further
qualifications and historical annual data, see the BLS report
International Comparisons of Annual Labor Force Statistics, Adjusted
to U.S. Concepts, 10 Countries (on the internet at
http://www.bls.gov/ilc/flscomparelf.htm).

For monthly unemployment rates, as well as the quarterly and annual
rates published in this table, see the BLS report International
Unemployment Rates and Employment Indexes, Seasonally Adjusted (on the
Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ilc/intl_unemployment_rates_
monthly.htm). Unemployment rates may differ between the two reports
mentioned, because the former is updated annually, whereas the latter
is updated monthly and reflects the most recent revisions in source
data.

52. Annual data: employment status of the working-age population,
adjusted to U.S. concepts, 10 countries

[Numbers in thousands]

Employment status and country            1998       1999       2000

       Civilian labor force

United States                          137,673    139,368    142,583
Canada                                  15,135     15,403     15,637
Australia                                9,339      9,414      9,590
Japan                                   67,240     67,090     66,990
France                                  25,277     25,705     25,951
Germany                                 39,752     39,375     39,302
Italy                                   23,004     23,176     23,361
Netherlands                              7,744      7,881      8,052
Sweden                                   4,403      4,429      4,490
United Kingdom                          28,474     28,786     28,962

      Participation rate (1)

United States                             67.1       67.1       67.1
Canada                                    65.4       65.9       66.0
Australia                                 64.3       64.0       64.4
Japan                                     62.8       62.4       62.0
France                                    55.6       56.2       56.3
Germany                                   57.7       56.9       56.7
Italy                                     47. … 

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