OECD Harmonised Unemployment Rates

Unemployment is a true indicator of the progress of the economies. This report brings bad omens...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


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The unemployment rate for the OECD area was 6.8% in December 2008, 0.2 percentage point higher than the previous month and 1.1 percentage points higher than a year earlier.

In the Euro area, the unemployment rate was 8.0% in December 2008, 0.1 percentage point higher than the previous month and 0.8 percentage point higher than a year earlier. For the United States the unemployment rate for January 2009 was 7.6%, 0.4 percentage point higher than the previous month and 2.6 percentage points higher than a year earlier. For Japan, the rate was 4.5% in December 2008, 0.5 percentage point higher than the previous month and 0.7 percentage point higher than in December 2007.

In December 2008, the unemployment rate for France was 8.1%, 0.1 percentage point higher than the previous month and 0.4 percentage point higher than a year earlier. For Germany, the rate was 7.2% in December 2008, 0.1 percentage point higher than the previous month but 0.7 percentage point lower than in December 2007. For Canada, the unemployment rate was 7.2% in January 2009, 0.6 percentage point higher the previous month and 1.3 percentage points higher than a year earlier. In October 2008, the rate in the United Kingdom was 6.1%, 0.2 percentage point higher than the previous month and 1.0 percentage point higher than in October 2007.

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