World Economic Outlook Database, April 2011

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CountrySubject DescriptorUnitsScaleCountry/Series-specific Notes200920102011
AlbaniaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force  13,10012,50011,500
AlgeriaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force  10,21010,0349,798
ArgentinaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Argentine pesos
Data last updated: 03/20118,6757,7369,003
ArmeniaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force  6,8177,0007,000
AustraliaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office. Australian Bureau of Statistics (via Time Series Plus & dXdata)
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition. Data refer to calendar years
Primary domestic currency: Australian dollars
Data last updated: 03/20115,6005,2335,000
AustriaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/20114,8004,4004,300
AzerbaijanUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Azerbaijan manat
Data last updated: 03/20116,0486,0486,048
The BahamasUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Bahamian dollars
Data last updated: 03/201114,20015,00013,000
BarbadosUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Barbados dollars
Data last updated: 03/201110,20810,60011,500
BelarusUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office. Formally, the National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus
Latest actual data: 2010. For quarterly data, latest actual is 2010Q4.
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Belarusian rubels
Data last updated: 03/20110,9000,7000,700
BelgiumUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/20118,0198,3648,351
BelizeUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009. Latest available September 2009.
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Belize dollars
Data last updated: 03/201112,72712,92312,906
Bosnia and HerzegovinaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Convertible marka
Data last updated: 03/201124,06827,20223,000
BrazilUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Primary domestic currency: Brazilian reais
Data last updated: 03/20118,1006,7006,700
Brunei DarussalamUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Ministry of Finance
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Brunei dollars
Data last updated: 03/20113,7483,7483,700
BulgariaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force  6,87810,2977,996
CanadaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Canadian dollars
Data last updated: 03/20118,2927,9927,649
Cape VerdeUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Primary domestic currency: Cape Verde escudos
Data last updated: 03/201117,000n/an/a
ChileUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized OECD definition
Primary domestic currency: Chilean pesos
Data last updated: 03/20119,6338,3007,200
ChinaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: CEIC
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Chinese yuan
Data last updated: 03/20114,3004,1004,000
ColombiaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Primary domestic currency: Colombian pesos
Data last updated: 03/201112,00011,80011,500
Costa RicaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010. Data as of July for each year
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Costa Rican colones
Data last updated: 03/20118,3957,3006,800
CroatiaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Haver Analytics. Formally, the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Croatia (CroStat)
Latest actual data: 2010
Primary domestic currency: Croatian kunas
Data last updated: 03/20119,05212,34312,843
CyprusUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Eurostat, Labor force survey.
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/20115,3006,8256,500
Czech RepublicUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Haver Analytics
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Czech koruny
Data last updated: 03/20116,6627,2797,072
DenmarkUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Danish kroner
Data last updated: 03/20113,5924,2004,500
Dominican RepublicUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Central Bank
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Dominican pesos
Data last updated: 03/201114,85514,00013,500
EcuadorUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Central Bank
Latest actual data: 2004
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: U.S. dollars
Data last updated: 03/20118,5007,5757,300
EgyptUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS)
Latest actual data: 2009
Primary domestic currency: Egyptian pounds
Data last updated: 03/20119,4499,2009,150
El SalvadorUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force  8,8766,7335,856
EstoniaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Estonian krooni
Data last updated: 03/201113,76516,87514,773
FijiUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force  7,0007,0007,000
FinlandUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office. Downloaded through Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA)
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/20118,2528,3837,972
FranceUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/20119,5009,7349,501
GeorgiaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Primary domestic currency: Georgian lari
Data last updated: 03/201116,90016,80016,700
GermanyUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Notes: Data until 1990 refers to German federation only (West Germany). Data from 1991 refer to United Germany.
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/20117,4926,8586,558
GreeceUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office. Labor Force Survey
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/20119,37512,45814,758
HondurasUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Central Bank
Latest actual data: 2001. Last population census
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Honduran lempiras
Data last updated: 03/20114,4004,6004,300
Hong Kong SARUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: CEIC
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Hong Kong dollars
Data last updated: 03/20115,2414,2883,583
HungaryUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Hungarian forint
Data last updated: 03/201110,07511,24311,462
IcelandUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Directorate of Labour of Iceland.
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Icelandic krónur
Data last updated: 03/20118,0158,1327,521
IndonesiaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: CEIC
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Indonesian rupiah
Data last updated: 03/20117,8707,1406,700
IrelandUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office. Central Statistical Office of Ireland (CSO), data is from the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) and is the average of the quarterly observations.
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/201111,82513,62514,500
IsraelUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Haver Analytics
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition. Seasonally adjusted.
Primary domestic currency: Israeli new sheqalim
Data last updated: 03/20117,5756,6505,500
ItalyUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/20117,8178,4928,600
JamaicaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Primary domestic currency: Jamaica dollars
Data last updated: 03/201111,35011,74611,579
JapanUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Global Insight and Nomura database.
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Japanese yen
Data last updated: 03/20115,0735,0584,882
JordanUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Jordanian dinars
Data last updated: 03/201112,93812,50012,500
KazakhstanUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Haver Analytics
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Kazakhstani tenge
Data last updated: 03/20116,5755,7755,700
KoreaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: CEIC
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Korean won
Data last updated: 03/20113,6503,7253,300
KuwaitUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2008
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Kuwaiti dinars
Data last updated: 03/20111,6391,6391,639
Kyrgyz RepublicUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2004
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Kyrgyz som
Data last updated: 03/20116,0155,8285,641
LatviaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Latvian lats
Data last updated: 03/201117,31618,97817,177
LithuaniaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Eurostat harmonized data
Primary domestic currency: Lithuanian litai
Data last updated: 03/201113,71217,80616,000
LuxembourgUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/20115,8006,0655,904
Former Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Macedonia denars
Data last updated: 03/201132,17932,17932,179
MalaysiaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: CEIC/IMF staff/NSO
Latest actual data: 2010
Primary domestic currency: Malaysian ringgit
Data last updated: 03/20113,6003,3003,200
MaltaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Eurostat, Labor Force Survey
Latest actual data: 2008
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euro
Data last updated: 03/20116,9756,5006,500
MauritiusUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Mauritian rupees
Data last updated: 03/20117,3287,4537,791
MexicoUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Haver Analytics
Latest actual data: 2010. Latest actual data for quarterly, up to 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Mexican pesos
Data last updated: 03/20115,4595,3734,500
MoldovaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Moldovan lei
Data last updated: 03/20116,4257,4406,500
MongoliaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Mongolian togrogs
Data last updated: 03/20113,3003,3003,000
MoroccoUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Moroccan dirhams
Data last updated: 03/20119,1009,0008,850
MyanmarUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Myanmar Statistical Yearbook
Latest actual data: 2008
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Myanmar kyats
Data last updated: 03/20114,0204,0204,020
NetherlandsUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized OECD definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/20113,4044,4674,370
New ZealandUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: New Zealand Time Series
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition. Data refer to calendar years
Primary domestic currency: New Zealand dollars
Data last updated: 03/20116,1506,5256,666
NicaraguaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Latest actual data: 2009. BCN published unemployment rate for 2007-2009: http://www.bcn.gob.ni/estadisticas/economicas_anuales/nicaragua_en_cifras/2009/Nicaragua_in_figures_2009.pdf
Primary domestic currency: Nicaraguan córdobas
Data last updated: 03/20119,5619,5019,001
NigeriaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force  4,5004,5004,500
NorwayUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Norwegian kroner
Data last updated: 03/20113,1663,5843,600
PakistanUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: IMF Staff
Latest actual data: 2007
Employment type: 
Primary domestic currency: Pakistan rupees
Data last updated: 03/20116,1956,1956,195
PanamaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: U.S. dollars
Data last updated: 03/20116,9326,5006,000
ParaguayUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Paraguayan guaraníes
Data last updated: 03/20116,4006,1005,900
PeruUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Peruvian nuevos soles
Data last updated: 03/20118,6008,0207,500
PhilippinesUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: CEIC
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition. Please note that data prior to 2005 are not based on harmonized ILO definition but based on national definition.
Primary domestic currency: Philippine pesos
Data last updated: 03/20117,4757,2007,200
PolandUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Polish zlotys
Data last updated: 03/20118,1668,9968,996
PortugalUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/20119,61710,98311,937
RomaniaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Romanian lei
Data last updated: 03/20116,2757,6236,600
RussiaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Haver Analytics
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Russian rubles
Data last updated: 03/20118,4007,5007,300
São Tomé and PríncipeUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2006
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: São Tomé and Príncipe dobras
Data last updated: 03/201112,91012,47512,037
Saudi ArabiaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Ministry of Economy
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Saudi Arabian riyals
Data last updated: 03/201110,46410,476n/a
SerbiaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010. The Labor Force Survey is conducted every 6 months. The latest data are from April 2010.
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition. The methodology is harmonized with ILO and Eurostat.
Primary domestic currency: Serbian dinars
Data last updated: 03/201117,40019,43619,553
SeychellesUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Primary domestic currency: Seychelles rupees
Data last updated: 03/20115,1364,6054,130
SingaporeUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition. Prior to 1986 unemployment data excludes non-residents.
Primary domestic currency: Singapore dollars
Data last updated: 03/20113,0252,2002,196
Slovak RepublicUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/201112,05014,37513,254
SloveniaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/20115,8927,2427,500
South AfricaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: South African rand
Data last updated: 03/201124,30124,80024,400
SpainUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/201118,01020,06519,400
Sri LankaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: CEIC
Latest actual data: 2009
Primary domestic currency: Sri Lanka rupees
Data last updated: 03/20115,5005,0005,000
SudanUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force  14,89413,73312,555
SwazilandUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2008
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Swaziland emalangeni
Data last updated: 03/201125,00025,00025,000
SwedenUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - Economic Outlook Database
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Swedish kronor
Data last updated: 03/20118,3008,3677,367
SwitzerlandUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: IMF Staff
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Swiss francs
Data last updated: 03/20113,5613,5903,385
Syrian Arab RepublicUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010. Mid-2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Syrian pounds
Data last updated: 03/20118,1008,400n/a
Taiwan Province of ChinaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: CEIC
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition. Labor Force
It is defined as those civilians who, during the reference week, are 15 years of age or over and who are available to work, including both the employed and the unemployed.   
                                                               
Employed Population
Including all persons who, during the reference week, work for pay or work for 15 hours or more as unpaid family workers.

Unemployed Population
Including all the persons who, during the reference week, are 15 years of age or over and under the following conditions:
- No job
- Available to work
- Seeking for a job, or had sought work waiting for result.

Besides, the unemployed population also includes the persons who are waiting to recall or start a new job but not working and paid yet.
Primary domestic currency: New Taiwan dollar
Data last updated: 03/20115,8505,2104,600
ThailandUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Central Bank
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Thai baht
Data last updated: 03/20111,5001,0401,200
Trinidad and TobagoUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Central Bank
Latest actual data: 2010. quarter one
Primary domestic currency: Trinidad and Tobago dollars
Data last updated: 03/20115,1007,8007,000
TunisiaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Tunisian dinars
Data last updated: 03/201113,30013,00014,700
TurkeyUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Haver Analytics. Formally, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat)
Latest actual data: 2010. For quarterly data, latest actual is 2010Q4.
Primary domestic currency: Turkish lira
Data last updated: 03/201114,02811,88711,449
UkraineUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Haver Analytics. Formally, the State Statistics Committee of Ukraine
Latest actual data: 2009. For quarterly data, latest actual is 2010Q3.
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Ukrainian hryvnias
Data last updated: 03/20118,8438,0547,764
United KingdomUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Sterling pounds
Data last updated: 03/20117,4537,8417,833
United StatesUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: Haver Analytics
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: U.S. dollars
Data last updated: 03/20119,2759,6338,537
UruguayUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010. As of March 2011
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Uruguayan pesos
Data last updated: 03/20117,3177,0006,900
UzbekistanUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force  0,2000,2000,200
VenezuelaUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Source: National Statistical Office
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Venezuelan bolívares
Data last updated: 03/20117,8758,6008,100
VietnamUnemployment ratePercent of total labor force Latest actual data: 2007
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Vietnamese dong
Data last updated: 03/20116,0005,0005,000
Notes
  Country/Series-specific Notes  
  Argentina: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Argentine pesos
Data last updated: 03/2011


Australia: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office. Australian Bureau of Statistics (via Time Series Plus & dXdata)
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition. Data refer to calendar years
Primary domestic currency: Australian dollars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Austria: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/2011


Azerbaijan: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Azerbaijan manat
Data last updated: 03/2011


The Bahamas: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Bahamian dollars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Barbados: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Barbados dollars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Belarus: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office. Formally, the National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus
Latest actual data: 2010. For quarterly data, latest actual is 2010Q4.
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Belarusian rubels
Data last updated: 03/2011


Belgium: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/2011


Belize: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009. Latest available September 2009.
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Belize dollars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Convertible marka
Data last updated: 03/2011


Brazil: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Primary domestic currency: Brazilian reais
Data last updated: 03/2011


Brunei Darussalam: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Ministry of Finance
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Brunei dollars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Canada: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Canadian dollars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Cape Verde: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Primary domestic currency: Cape Verde escudos
Data last updated: 03/2011


Chile: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized OECD definition
Primary domestic currency: Chilean pesos
Data last updated: 03/2011


China: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: CEIC
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Chinese yuan
Data last updated: 03/2011


Colombia: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Primary domestic currency: Colombian pesos
Data last updated: 03/2011


Costa Rica: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010. Data as of July for each year
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Costa Rican colones
Data last updated: 03/2011


Croatia: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Haver Analytics. Formally, the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Croatia (CroStat)
Latest actual data: 2010
Primary domestic currency: Croatian kunas
Data last updated: 03/2011


Cyprus: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Eurostat, Labor force survey.
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/2011


Czech Republic: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Haver Analytics
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Czech koruny
Data last updated: 03/2011


Denmark: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Danish kroner
Data last updated: 03/2011


Dominican Republic: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Central Bank
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Dominican pesos
Data last updated: 03/2011


Ecuador: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Central Bank
Latest actual data: 2004
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: U.S. dollars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Egypt: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS)
Latest actual data: 2009
Primary domestic currency: Egyptian pounds
Data last updated: 03/2011


Estonia: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Estonian krooni
Data last updated: 03/2011


Finland: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office. Downloaded through Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA)
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/2011


France: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/2011


Georgia: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Primary domestic currency: Georgian lari
Data last updated: 03/2011


Germany: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Notes: Data until 1990 refers to German federation only (West Germany). Data from 1991 refer to United Germany.
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/2011


Greece: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office. Labor Force Survey
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/2011


Honduras: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Central Bank
Latest actual data: 2001. Last population census
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Honduran lempiras
Data last updated: 03/2011


Hong Kong SAR: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: CEIC
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Hong Kong dollars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Hungary: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Hungarian forint
Data last updated: 03/2011


Iceland: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Directorate of Labour of Iceland.
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Icelandic krónur
Data last updated: 03/2011


Indonesia: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: CEIC
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Indonesian rupiah
Data last updated: 03/2011


Ireland: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office. Central Statistical Office of Ireland (CSO), data is from the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) and is the average of the quarterly observations.
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/2011


Israel: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Haver Analytics
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition. Seasonally adjusted.
Primary domestic currency: Israeli new sheqalim
Data last updated: 03/2011


Italy: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/2011


Jamaica: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Primary domestic currency: Jamaica dollars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Japan: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Global Insight and Nomura database.
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Japanese yen
Data last updated: 03/2011


Jordan: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Jordanian dinars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Kazakhstan: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Haver Analytics
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Kazakhstani tenge
Data last updated: 03/2011


Korea: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: CEIC
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Korean won
Data last updated: 03/2011


Kuwait: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2008
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Kuwaiti dinars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Kyrgyz Republic: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2004
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Kyrgyz som
Data last updated: 03/2011


Latvia: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Latvian lats
Data last updated: 03/2011


Lithuania: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Eurostat harmonized data
Primary domestic currency: Lithuanian litai
Data last updated: 03/2011


Luxembourg: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/2011


Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Macedonia denars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Malaysia: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: CEIC/IMF staff/NSO
Latest actual data: 2010
Primary domestic currency: Malaysian ringgit
Data last updated: 03/2011


Malta: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Eurostat, Labor Force Survey
Latest actual data: 2008
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euro
Data last updated: 03/2011


Mauritius: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Mauritian rupees
Data last updated: 03/2011


Mexico: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Haver Analytics
Latest actual data: 2010. Latest actual data for quarterly, up to 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Mexican pesos
Data last updated: 03/2011


Moldova: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Moldovan lei
Data last updated: 03/2011


Mongolia: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Mongolian togrogs
Data last updated: 03/2011


Morocco: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Moroccan dirhams
Data last updated: 03/2011


Myanmar: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Myanmar Statistical Yearbook
Latest actual data: 2008
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Myanmar kyats
Data last updated: 03/2011


Netherlands: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized OECD definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/2011


New Zealand: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: New Zealand Time Series
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition. Data refer to calendar years
Primary domestic currency: New Zealand dollars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Nicaragua: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Latest actual data: 2009. BCN published unemployment rate for 2007-2009: http://www.bcn.gob.ni/estadisticas/economicas_anuales/nicaragua_en_cifras/2009/Nicaragua_in_figures_2009.pdf
Primary domestic currency: Nicaraguan córdobas
Data last updated: 03/2011


Norway: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Norwegian kroner
Data last updated: 03/2011


Pakistan: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: IMF Staff
Latest actual data: 2007
Employment type:
Primary domestic currency: Pakistan rupees
Data last updated: 03/2011


Panama: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: U.S. dollars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Paraguay: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Paraguayan guaraníes
Data last updated: 03/2011


Peru: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Peruvian nuevos soles
Data last updated: 03/2011


Philippines: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: CEIC
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition. Please note that data prior to 2005 are not based on harmonized ILO definition but based on national definition.
Primary domestic currency: Philippine pesos
Data last updated: 03/2011


Poland: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Polish zlotys
Data last updated: 03/2011


Portugal: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/2011


Romania: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Romanian lei
Data last updated: 03/2011


Russia: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Haver Analytics
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Russian rubles
Data last updated: 03/2011


São Tomé and Príncipe: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2006
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: São Tomé and Príncipe dobras
Data last updated: 03/2011


Saudi Arabia: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Ministry of Economy
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Saudi Arabian riyals
Data last updated: 03/2011


Serbia: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010. The Labor Force Survey is conducted every 6 months. The latest data are from April 2010.
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition. The methodology is harmonized with ILO and Eurostat.
Primary domestic currency: Serbian dinars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Seychelles: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Primary domestic currency: Seychelles rupees
Data last updated: 03/2011


Singapore: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition. Prior to 1986 unemployment data excludes non-residents.
Primary domestic currency: Singapore dollars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Slovak Republic: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/2011


Slovenia: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/2011


South Africa: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: South African rand
Data last updated: 03/2011


Spain: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Euros
Data last updated: 03/2011


Sri Lanka: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: CEIC
Latest actual data: 2009
Primary domestic currency: Sri Lanka rupees
Data last updated: 03/2011


Swaziland: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2008
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Swaziland emalangeni
Data last updated: 03/2011


Sweden: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - Economic Outlook Database
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Swedish kronor
Data last updated: 03/2011


Switzerland: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: IMF Staff
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Swiss francs
Data last updated: 03/2011


Syrian Arab Republic: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010. Mid-2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Syrian pounds
Data last updated: 03/2011


Taiwan Province of China: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: CEIC
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition. Labor Force
It is defined as those civilians who, during the reference week, are 15 years of age or over and who are available to work, including both the employed and the unemployed.

Employed Population
Including all persons who, during the reference week, work for pay or work for 15 hours or more as unpaid family workers.

Unemployed Population
Including all the persons who, during the reference week, are 15 years of age or over and under the following conditions:
- No job
- Available to work
- Seeking for a job, or had sought work waiting for result.

Besides, the unemployed population also includes the persons who are waiting to recall or start a new job but not working and paid yet.
Primary domestic currency: New Taiwan dollar
Data last updated: 03/2011


Thailand: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Central Bank
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Thai baht
Data last updated: 03/2011


Trinidad and Tobago: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Central Bank
Latest actual data: 2010. quarter one
Primary domestic currency: Trinidad and Tobago dollars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Tunisia: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Tunisian dinars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Turkey: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Haver Analytics. Formally, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat)
Latest actual data: 2010. For quarterly data, latest actual is 2010Q4.
Primary domestic currency: Turkish lira
Data last updated: 03/2011


Ukraine: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Haver Analytics. Formally, the State Statistics Committee of Ukraine
Latest actual data: 2009. For quarterly data, latest actual is 2010Q3.
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Ukrainian hryvnias
Data last updated: 03/2011


United Kingdom: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2009
Employment type: Harmonized ILO definition
Primary domestic currency: Sterling pounds
Data last updated: 03/2011


United States: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: Haver Analytics
Latest actual data: 2010
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: U.S. dollars
Data last updated: 03/2011


Uruguay: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Latest actual data: 2010. As of March 2011
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Uruguayan pesos
Data last updated: 03/2011


Venezuela: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Source: National Statistical Office
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Venezuelan bolívares
Data last updated: 03/2011


Vietnam: Unemployment rate (Percent of total labor force)
Latest actual data: 2007
Employment type: National definition
Primary domestic currency: Vietnamese dong
Data last updated: 03/2011


 
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