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World Economic Indicators : UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

The unemployment rate measures the level of joblessness among persons able and willing to work.

% chg. COUNTRY Pevious Yr. from yr. (month) Latest month ago ago AMERICAS U.S. (Mar.) 5.1 5.2 5.0 2.0 Brazil (Dec.) 2.4 2.5 2.9 -19.2 Canada (Mar.) 8.2 8.4 8.6 -4.7 PACIFIC RIM Australia (Mar.) 6.5 7.1 6.7 -3.0 Japan (Feb.) 2.3 2.3 2.5 -8.0 S. Korea (Feb.) 3.5 3.2 3.6 -2.8 Taiwan (Feb.) 1.6 1.3 1.9 -14.9 EUROPE Austria (Mar.) 5.4 6.6 5.3 1.9 Belg. (Mar.) 9.4 9.7 10.2 -7.8 Britain (Mar.) 5.8 5.9 6.9 -15.9 Denmark (Feb.) 10.3 10.4 10.3 0 Finland (Jan.) 3.6 3.3 4.8 -25.0 France (Mar.) 9.4 9.4 9.5 -1.1 Ireland (Dec.) 16.8 18.8 17.5 -4.0 Nether. (Feb.) 12.8 12.9 13.7 -6.6 Norway (Apr.) 4.2 4.4 3.7 13.5 Portugal (Dec.) 4.8 4.8 5.1 -5.9 Sweden (Mar.) 1.3 1.4 1.3 0 Switz. (Mar.) 0.6 0.6 0.6 0 W. Germ. (Mar.) 7.7 8.2 8.4 8.3

Source: DRI/McGraw-Hill


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