World Unemployment Rates 2005-2010

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Unemployment Rates around the World.

Unemployment figures around the world can vary by some large amounts, and not all figures can be relied upon for accuracy.  However, these are some figures that give an indication of unemployment rates around the world.


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Unemployment Rates 2005-2010 Selected Countries:

Unemployment % Rate 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Australia 5.6% 4.3%
Canada 8.3% 6.2%
European Union 9.0% 7.1%
India 10.7% 10.4%
Japan 5.1% 4.0%
Korea, South 3.7% 3.2%
New Zealand 6.2% 4.2%
Philippines 7.5% 7.4%
Russia 8.4% 6.4%
Switzerland 3.7% 2.6%
United Kingdom 7.6% 5.6%
United States 9.3% 5.8%

Unemployment Rates Selected Countries

Unemployment Rates 2005-2010 A full chart showing most countries:

Unemployment % Rate 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Afghanistan 35.0% 40.0%
Albania 12.8% 12.8%
Algeria 10.2% 11.3%
American Samoa 29.8%
Andorra 7.0%
Argentina 8.7% 7.9%
Armenia 7.1%
Aruba 6.9%
Australia 5.6% 4.3%
Austria 4.8% 3.8%
Azerbaijan 6.0% 7.0%
Bahamas, The 7.6%
Bahrain 15.0%
Bangladesh 5.1% 4.2%
Belarus 1.0% 1.6%
Belgium 7.9% 7.0%
Belize 8.1% 9.4%
Bhutan 4.0%
Bolivia 8.5% 7.5%
Bosnia and Herzegovina 40.0% 29.0%
Botswana 7.5%
Brazil 8.1% 7.9%
Brunei 3.7% 4.0%
Bulgaria 9.1% 6.3%
Burma 4.9% 5.0%
Cambodia 3.5%
Canada 8.3% 6.2%
Cape Verde 21.0%
Cayman Islands 4.0%
Chile 9.6% 7.8%
China 4.3% 4.2%
Colombia 12.0% 10.6%
Cook Islands 13.1%
Costa Rica 7.8% 4.9%
Croatia 16.1% 13.5%
Cuba 1.7% 1.6%
Curacao 10.3%
Cyprus 5.3% 3.6%
Czech Republic 8.1% 5.4%
Denmark 4.3% 3.4%
Djibouti 59.0%
Dominican Republic 14.9% 14.1%
Ecuador 8.5% 7.3%
Egypt 9.4% 8.7%
El Salvador 7.2% 6.9%
Estonia 13.8% 5.5%
European Union 9.0% 7.1%
Faroe Islands 3.9% 1.2%
Finland 8.2% 6.4%
France 9.1% 7.4%
French Polynesia 11.7%
Gabon 21.0%
Gaza Strip 40.0% 37.0%
Georgia 16.4% 13.6%
Germany 7.5% 7.3%
Gibraltar 3.0%
Greece 9.4% 7.7%
Greenland 6.8% 7.3%
Guatemala 3.2%
Guernsey 0.9%
Guyana 11.0%
Honduras 3.2% 3.0%
Hong Kong 5.2% 3.5%
Hungary 10.0% 7.8%
Iceland 8.0% 1.6%
India 10.7% 10.4%
Indonesia 8.1% 8.4%
Iran 11.8% 10.3%
Iraq 15.2% 18.0%
Ireland 11.8% 6.3%
Isle of Man 1.5%
Israel 7.6% 6.1%
Italy 7.8% 6.8%
Jamaica 11.4% 10.6%
Japan 5.1% 4.0%
Jersey 2.2%
Jordan 12.9% 12.7%
Kazakhstan 6.3% 6.6%
Kenya 40.0%
Korea, South 3.7% 3.2%
Kosovo 16.6%
Laos 2.5% 2.4%
Latvia 17.1% 7.5%
Lebanon 9.2%
Liechtenstein 1.5%
Lithuania 13.7% 5.8%
Luxembourg 5.7% 4.4%
Macau 3.6% 3.0%
Macedonia 32.2% 33.8%
Malaysia 3.7% 3.3%
Maldives 14.4%
Malta 7.0% 6.0%
Marshall Islands 36.0%
Mauritania 30.0%
Mauritius 7.3% 7.2%
Mayotte 25.4%
Mexico 5.5% 4.0%
Moldova 3.1% 1.4%
Mongolia 2.8% 3.0%
Montenegro 14.7%
Morocco 9.1% 9.6%
Namibia 51.2%
Nepal 46.0%
Netherlands 4.8% 3.8%
New Zealand 6.2% 4.2%
Nicaragua 8.2% 6.1%
Nigeria 4.9%
Northern Mariana Islands 8.0%
Norway 3.2% 2.6%
Pakistan 14.0% 12.6%
Palau 4.2%
Panama 6.7% 5.8%
Paraguay 7.9% 5.4%
Peru 8.1% 8.1%
Philippines 7.5% 7.4%
Poland 11.0% 9.8%
Portugal 9.5% 7.6%
Qatar 0.5% 0.4%
Romania 7.8% 4.4%
Russia 8.4% 6.4%
San Marino 3.1%
Saudi Arabia 10.5% 9.8%
Senegal 48.0%
Serbia 16.6%
Seychelles 2.0%
Singapore 3.0% 2.3%
Sint Maarten 10.6%
Slovakia 11.4% 7.7%
Slovenia 9.2% 6.7%
South Africa 24.0% 22.9%
Spain 18.1% 11.4%
Sri Lanka 5.9% 5.5%
Swaziland 40.0%
Sweden 8.3% 6.2%
Switzerland 3.7% 2.6%
Syria 8.5% 10.9%
Taiwan 5.9% 4.1%
Tajikistan 2.2% 2.3%
Thailand 1.5% 1.4%
Timor-Leste 20.0%
Trinidad and Tobago 5.8% 4.6%
Tunisia 13.3% 14.2%
Turkey 14.1% 11.2%
Ukraine 8.8% 6.4%
United Kingdom 7.6% 5.6%
United States 9.3% 5.8%
Uruguay 7.6% 7.6%
Uzbekistan 1.1% 1.0%
Venezuela 7.9% 7.4%
Vietnam 6.5% 4.7%
West Bank 19.0% 17.7%
World 8.7% 7.2%
Zimbabwe 95.0% 80.0%

Sources:

The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed divided by the total labour force.
The labour force is the total of people employed plus the unemployed that are seeking work.
The definition of Employed is normally anyone that is working at least 1 hour per week.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) – an agency of the United Nations – sets out guidelines for measuring employment. Under ILO guidelines anyone working for at least an hour a week is employed.
Sources: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_labour/employment.pdf
Employed persons are those aged 15 years and over who have worked for at least one hour in the week of the survey
http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/ewrwp/paidwork/appendixe.htm


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