International Comparisons

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International Comparisons


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

[Numbers in thousands]

Employment status and country       2000       2001       2002

Civilian labor force

United States                     142,583    143,734    144,863
Canada                             15,632     15,886     16,356
Australia                           9,590      9,746      9,901
Japan                              66,710     66,480     65,866
France                             26,193     26,339     26,658
Germany                            39,302     39,459     39,413
Italy                              23,361     23,524     23,728
Netherlands                         8,008      8,155      8,288
Sweden                              4,490      4,530      4,545
United Kingdom                     28,962     29,092     29,343

Participation rate (1)

United States                        67.1       66.8       66.6
Canada                               66.0       66.1       67.1
Australia                            64.4       64.4       64.3
Japan                                61.7       61.2       60.4
France                               56.8       56.6       56.8
Germany                              56.7       56.7       56.4
Italy                                48.1       48.3       48.5
Netherlands                          63.0       63.7       64.3
Sweden                               63.7       63.7       63.9
United Kingdom                       62.8       62.7       62.9

Employed

United States                     136,891    136,933    136,485
Canada                             14,677     14,860     15,210
Australia                           8,989      9,088      9,271
Japan                              63,790     63,460     62,650
France                             23,928     24,264     24,521
Germany                            36,236     36,350     36,018
Italy                              20,973     21,359     21,666
Netherlands                         7,762      7,950      8,035
Sweden                              4,230      4,303      4,311
United Kingdom                     27,375     27,604     27,815

Employment-population ratio (2)

United States                        64.4       63.7       62.7
Canada                               62.0       61.8       62.4
Australia                            60.3       60.0       60.2
Japan                                59.0       58.4       57.5
France                               51.9       52.2       52.3
Germany                              52.2       52.2       51.5
Italy                                43.2       43.8       44.3
Netherlands                          61.1       62.1       62.3
Sweden                               60.1       60.5       60.6
United Kingdom                       59.4       59.5       59.6

Unemployed

United States                       5,692      6,801      8,378
Canada                                955      1,026      1,146
Australia                             602        658        630
Japan                               2,920      3,020      3,216
France                              2,265      2,075      2,137
Germany                             3,065      3,110      3,396
Italy                               2,388      2,164      2,062
Netherlands                           246        206        254
Sweden                                260        227        234
United Kingdom                      1,587      1,489      1,528

Unemployment rate (3)

United States                         4.0        4.7        5.8
Canada                                6.1        6.5        7.0
Australia                             6.3        6.8        6.4
Japan                                 4.4        4.5        4.9
France                                8.6        7.9        8.0
Germany                               7.8        7.9        8.6
Italy                                10. … 

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