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Employment and labour markets: Key tables from OECD - ISSN 2075-2342 - © OECD 2009

 Unemployment rate
 % of labour force
 
 
 
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
 
Australia
6.8
 
6.5
 
6.0
 
5.5
 
5.1
 
4.9
 
4.4
 
4.3
 
 
Austria
3.6
 
4.0
 
4.3
 
5.0
 
5.2
 
4.8
 
4.5
 
3.9
 
 
Belgium
6.2
 
6.9
 
7.7
 
7.4
 
8.1
 
8.4
 
7.7
 
6.4
 
 
Canada
7.3
 
7.7
 
7.7
 
7.3
 
6.8
 
6.3
 
6.1
 
6.2
 
 
Czech Republic
8.2
 
7.3
 
7.8
 
8.4
 
8.0
 
7.2
 
5.4
 
4.4
 
 
Denmark
4.2
 
4.3
 
5.5
 
5.3
 
4.9
 
4.0
 
3.6
 
3.1
 
 
Finland
9.1
 
9.0
 
9.0
 
8.9
 
8.4
 
7.7
 
6.9
 
6.3
 
 
France
8.8
 
8.9
 
8.5
 
8.9
 
8.9
 
8.8
 
8.0
 
7.4
 
 
Germany
7.9
 
8.7
 
9.4
 
10.4
 
11.3
 
10.4
 
8.7
 
7.6
 
 
Greece
10.4
 
10.1
 
9.5
 
10.4
 
9.8
 
8.9
 
8.2
 
7.3
 
 
Hungary
5.7
 
5.8
 
5.9
 
6.1
 
7.2
 
7.5
 
7.4
 
7.9
 
 
Iceland
2.3
 
3.2
 
3.4
 
3.1
 
2.7
 
3.0
 
2.3
 
3.0
 
 
Ireland
3.7
 
4.3
 
4.5
 
4.5
 
4.4
 
4.5
 
4.6
 
5.3
 
 
Italy
9.6
 
9.1
 
8.7
 
8.1
 
7.8
 
6.9
 
6.2
 
6.8
 
 
Japan
5.2
 
5.6
 
5.4
 
4.9
 
4.6
 
4.3
 
4.1
 
4.2
 
 
Korea
4.2
 
3.4
 
3.7
 
3.8
 
3.9
 
3.6
 
3.4
 
3.3
 
 
Luxembourg
1.8
 
2.6
 
3.7
 
5.1
 
4.5
 
4.7
 
3.9
 
5.0
 
 
Mexico
2.6
 
3.0
 
3.1
 
3.8
 
3.6
 
3.3
 
3.5
 
3.7
 
 
Netherlands
2.5
 
3.1
 
4.0
 
5.0
 
5.1
 
4.2
 
3.5
 
3.0
 
 
New Zealand
5.4
 
5.2
 
4.7
 
4.0
 
3.8
 
3.8
 
3.7
 
4.2
 
 
Norway
3.5
 
4.0
 
4.5
 
4.5
 
4.7
 
3.5
 
2.6
 
2.6
 
 
Poland
18.6
 
20.3
 
20.0
 
19.3
 
18.0
 
14.0
 
9.7
 
7.2
 
 
Portugal
4.3
 
5.4
 
6.8
 
7.0
 
8.1
 
8.1
 
8.5
 
8.1
 
 
Slovak Republic
19.3
 
18.6
 
17.6
 
18.2
 
16.2
 
13.3
 
11.0
 
9.6
 
 
Spain
10.5
 
11.4
 
11.4
 
11.0
 
9.2
 
8.6
 
8.3
 
11.4
 
 
Sweden
5.1
 
5.3
 
5.8
 
6.6
 
7.8
 
7.1
 
6.2
 
6.2
 
 
Switzerland
2.5
 
3.0
 
4.2
 
4.4
 
4.5
 
4.1
 
3.7
 
3.4
 
 
Turkey
8.6
 
10.6
 
10.8
 
10.6
 
10.5
 
10.1
 
10.5
 
11.2
 
 
United Kingdom
4.8
 
5.1
 
4.9
 
4.7
 
4.7
 
5.4
 
5.3
 
5.4
 
 
United States
4.8
 
5.9
 
6.1
 
5.6
 
5.1
 
4.7
 
4.7
 
5.8
 
 
OECD-Total
6.4
 
7.0
 
7.0
 
7.0
 
6.7
 
6.2
 
5.7
 
6.0
 
Last updated: 27 August 2009
Source: Labour market statistics: Labour force statistics by sex and age: indicators, OECD Employment and Labour Market Statistics (database)
 

This table includes unemployment rates as percentage of labour force. The table is part of the key table collection on employment and labour markets.

Years covered:
2001-2008

Countries covered

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden