Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

International Comparisons Data

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

International Comparisons Data

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51. Unemployment rates, approximating U.S. concepts, 10 countries,
seasonally adjusted [Percent]

                                          2006

   Country       2006   2007     I      II    III     IV

United States     4.6    4.6    4.7    4.7    4.7    4.4
Canada            5.5    5.3    5.7    5.4    5.6    5.4
Australia         4.8    4.4    5.0    4.9    4.7    4.5
Japan             4.2    3.9    4.2    4.2    4.2    4.1
France            9.5    8.6    9.8    9.7    9.5    9.2
Germany          10.4    8.7   11.1   10.6   10.1    9.6
Italy             6.9    6.1    7.3    6.9    6.7    6.4
Netherlands       3.9    3.2    4.3    3.9    3.8    3.8
Sweden            7.0    6.1    7.3    7.3    6.7    6.5
United Kingdom    5.5    5.4    5.3    5.5    5.6    5.5

                            2007             2008

   Country         I      II    III     IV     I

United States     4.5    4.5    4.7    4.8    4.9
Canada            5.4    5.3    5.2    5.2    5.2
Australia         4.5    4.3    4.3    4.3    4.1
Japan             4.0    3.8    3.8    3.9    3.9
France            9.0    8.8    8.5    8.2    8.1
Germany           9.3    8.9    8.5    8.2    7.7
Italy             6.3    6.1    6.0    6.0     --
Netherlands       3.6    3.2    3.0    3.0     --
Sweden            6.4    6.1    5.8    5.9    5.8
United Kingdom    5.5    5.4    5.4    5.2     --

NOTE: Dash indicates data not available.

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. Quarterly figures for Sweden are BLS seasonally adjusted
estimates derived from Swedish not seasonally adjusted data.

For further qualifications and historical annual data, see the BLS
report Comparative Civilian Labor Force Statistics, 10 Countries
(on the Internet at http://www.bls.govfflsfflscomparelf.htm). For
monthly unemployment rates, as well as the quarterly and annual
rates published in this table, see the BLS report Unemployment
rates in 10 countries, civilian labor force basis, approximating
U.S. concepts, seasonally adjusted (on the Internet at
http://www.bls.govfflsfflsjec.pdf). Unemployment rates may differ
between the two reports mentioned, because the former is updated
semi-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,
approximating U.S. concepts, 10 countries [Numbers in thousands]

Employment status and count      1997      1998      1999

    Civilian labor force

United States                  136,297   137,673   139,368
Canada                          14,884    15,135    15,403
Australia                        9,204     9,339     9,414
Japan                           67,200    67,240    67,090
France                          25,116    25,434    25,791
Germany                         39,415    39,752    39,375
Italy                           22,753    23,004    23,176
Netherlands                      7,612     7,744     7,881
Sweden                           4,414     4,401     4,423
United Kingdom                  28,401    28,474    28,777

   Participation rate (1)

United States                     67.1      67.1      67.1
Canada                            65.1      65.4      65.9
Australia                         64.3      64.3      64.0
Japan                             63.2      62.8      62.4
France                            55.6      56.0      56.3
Germany                           57.3      57.7      56.9
Italy                             47.3      47.7      47.9
Netherlands                       61.1      61.8      62.5
Sweden                            63.2      62.8      62.7
United Kingdom                    62.5      62.5      62.8

          Employed

United States                  129,558   131,463   133,488
Canada                          13,637    13,973    14,331
Australia                        8,444     8,618     8,762
Japan                           64,900    64,450    63,920
France                          22,176    22,597    23,080
Germany                         35,508    36,059    36,042
Italy                           20,169    20,370    20,617
Netherlands                      7,189     7,408     7,605
Sweden                           3,969     4,033     4,110
United Kingdom                  26,413    26,686    27,051

   Employment-population
         ratio (2)

United States                     63. … 
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