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 adjusted to U.S. concepts, 10 countries,
seasonally adjusted

[Percent]

    Country       2010   2011       2010      2011

                                III     IV     I

United States     9.6    8.9    9.5    9.6    9.0
Canada            7.1    6.5    7.1    6.7    6.7
Australia         5.2    5.1    5.2    5.1    5.0
Japan             4.8    4.2    4.7    4.7    4.4
France            9.5    9.4    9.4    9.4    9.3
Germany           7.1    6.0    7.0    6.8    6.2
Italy             8.5    8.5    8.4    8.4    8.1
Netherlands       4.6    4.5    4.5    4.4    4.3
Sweden            8.3    7.5    8.2    7.8    7.6
United Kingdom    7.9    8.1    7.8    7.9    7.8

    Country              2011              2012

                   II    III     IV     I      II

United States     9.1    9.1    8.7    8.2    8.2
Canada            6.5    6.3    6.5    6.4    6.4
Australia         5.0    5.2    5.2    5.2    5.1
Japan             4.3    4.0    4.1    4.2    4.0
France            9.2    9.3    9.5    9.7    9.8
Germany           6.0    5.9    5.8    5.7    5.7
Italy             8.1    8.5    9.3    10.1   10.7
Netherlands       4.2    4.4    4.9    5.0    5.2
Sweden            7.5    7.3    7.4    7.4    7.4
United Kingdom    7.9    8.3    8.4    8.2    8.1

Dash indicates data are not available. Quarterly figures for Germany
are calculated by applying an annual adjustment factor to current
published data and therefore should be viewed as a less precise
indicator 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, 16 Countries (at 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
UnemploymentRates and Employment Indexes, Seasonally Adjusted
fat www.bls.gov/ilc/intl_unemployment_rates_monthly.htm).
Unemployment rates may differ between the two reports mentioned,
because the former is updatedannually, 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, 16 countries

[Numbers in thousands]

  Employment status and
         country               2001       2002       2003       2004

   Civilian labor force

United States                 143,734    144,863    146,510    147,401
Australia                       9,746      9,901     10,084     10,213
Canada                         15,886     16,356     16,722     16,926
France                         26,109     26,432     26,674     26,853
Germany                        39,460     39,414     39,276     39,711
Italy                          23,893     24,052     24,070     24,084
Japan                          66,480     65,866     65,496     65,367
Korea, Republic of             22,471     22,921     22,957     23,417
Mexico                             --         --         --         --
Netherlands                     8,156      8,289      8,330      8,379
New Zealand                     1,952      2,012      2,054      2,109
South Africa                       --         --         --         --
Spain                          17,874     18,614     19,372     20,024
Sweden                          4,530      4,545      4,565      4,579
Turkey                            --         --         --         --
United Kingdom                 29,107     29,364     29,586     29,814

  Participation rate (1)

United States                    66.8       66.6       66.2       66.0
Australia                        64.4       64.3       64.6       64.6
Canada                           66.1       67.1       67.7       67.6
France                           56.1       56.3       56.4       56.3
Germany                          56.7       56.4       56.0       56. … 
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