International Comparisons Data

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International Comparisons 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       1999       2000       2001

      Civilian labor force

United States                      139,368    142,583    143,734
Canada                              15,403     15,637     15,891
Australia                            9,414      9,590      9,746
Japan                               66,730     66,710     66,480
France                              26,342     26,591     26,867
Germany                             39,375     39,302     39,459
Italy                               23,176     23,361     23,524
Netherlands                          7,881      8,052      8,199
Sweden                               4,429      4,490      4,530
United Kingdom                      28,786     28,962     29,092

     Participation rate (1)

United States                         67.1       67.1       66.8
Canada                                65.9       66.0       66.1
Australia                             64.0       64.4       64.4
Japan                                 62.0       61.7       61.2
France                                57.4       57.6       57.7
Germany                               56.9       56.7       56.7
Italy                                 47.9       48.1       48.3
Netherlands                           62.5       63.4       64.0
Sweden                                62.7       63.7       63.7
United Kingdom                        62.8       62.8       62.7

            Employed

United States                      133,488    136,891    136,933
Canada                              14,331     14,681     14,866
Australia                            8,762      8,989      9,088
Japan                               63,920     63,790     63,460
France                              23,712     24,326     24,792
Germany                             36,042     36,236     36,350
Italy                               20,617     20,973     21,359
Netherlands                          7,605      7,813      8,014
Sweden                               4,116      4,230      4,303
United Kingdom                      27,058     27,375     27,604

Employment-population ratio (2)

United States                         64.3       64.4       63.7
Canada                                61.3       62.0       61.9
Australia                             59.6       60.3       60.0
Japan                                 59.4       59.0       58.4
France                                51.7       52.7       53.3
Germany                               52.1       52.2       52.2
Italy                                 42.6       43.2       43.8
Netherlands                           60.3       61.5       62.6
Sweden                                58.3       60.1       60.5
United Kingdom                        59.0       59.4       59.5

           Unemployed

United States                        5,880      5,692      6,801
Canada                               1,072        956      1,026
Australia                              652        602        658
Japan                                2,810      2,920      3,020
France                               2,630      2,265      2,075
Germany                              3,333      3,065      3,110
Italy                                2,559      2,388      2,164
Netherlands                            277        239        186
Sweden                                 313        260        227
United Kingdom                       1,728      1,587      1,489

     Unemployment rate (3)

United States                          4.2        4.0        4.7
Canada                                 7.0        6.1        6.5
Australia                              6.9        6.3        6.8
Japan                                  4.2        4.4        4.5
France                                10.0        8. 

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