International Comparisons Data

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International Comparisons Data


51. Unemployment rates adjusted to U.S. concepts, 10 countries,
seasonally adjusted

[Percent]

                                             2007

Country           2007   2008      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

                               2008               2009

Country              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.bis.gov/ilc/fiscomparelf.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.bis.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      62.4      62.0
France                                 55.6      56.2      56.3
Germany                                57.7      56.9      56.7
Italy                                  47.7      47.9      48.1
Netherlands                            61.8      62.5      63.4
Sweden                                 62.8      62.7      63.7
United Kingdom                         62. … 

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