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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. … 

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