Unemployment rate by country: the latest data

The table shows the latest data for the unemployment rate available from the national authorities. Note that these numbers are updated daily. The table also shows the unemployment rate three months ago and one year ago.

The unemployment rate is defined as the number of people who don't have a job and are actively look for one as percent of the labor force. The labor force includes the employed and the unemployed people. Note that these categories do not include the so-called discouraged workers. These are people who can work and want to work but are not actively looking as they believe that they cannot find a job. Hence, besides unemployment, it is also useful to look at employment in order to evaluate the health of the labor market.

The unemployment rate includes three components: the structural unemployment that is generated as some sectors of the economy decline and others expand; the frictional unemployment that captures people who are between jobs for personal reasons; and the cyclical unemployment that is related to the business cycle. The more flexible the labor market in terms of hiring and firing and setting wages, the lower the first two components of the unemployment rate. If interested, you can read our brief article on unemployment.

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Value three
months ago
Value twelve
months ago
Sep / 2017
13.60
14.20
17.60
Q3 / 2017
11.70
12.30
11.20
Sep / 2017
8.30
7.60
6.40
Q3 / 2017
16.50
17.80
18.10
Jan / 2018
5.96
5.13
6.35
Jan / 2018
9.46
7.88
10.10
Q4 / 2017
4.96
4.94
5.04
Q2 / 2017
11.40
9.40
10.10
Dec / 2017
0.54
0.65
0.86
Dec / 2017
6.30
7.10
7.70
Oct / 2017
12.20
12.80
11.80
Q4 / 2017
5.60
5.80
6.70
Jan / 2018
5.90
5.60
7.20
Dec / 2017
6.40
6.70
6.20
Q2 / 2017
3.95
3.97
4.05
Dec / 2017
8.63
9.22
11.73
Q3 / 2017
9.37
8.50
9.72
Dec / 2017
12.20
10.80
15.40
Dec / 2017
12.00
9.40
13.90
Dec / 2017
2.40
2.70
3.50
Dec / 2017
4.20
4.00
4.50
Q3 / 2017
5.10
5.66
6.35
Q4 / 2017
4.60
4.10
5.20
Sep / 2017
11.90
12.40
12.90
Q4 / 2017
5.30
5.20
6.60
Jan / 2018
8.80
7.30
9.20
Q4 / 2017
8.90
9.60
10.00
Dec / 2017
3.50
3.50
4.00
Nov / 2017
20.90
20.52
23.58
Dec / 2017
2.80
3.20
3.10
Dec / 2017
3.79
4.52
7.79
Jan / 2018
4.00
3.70
3.00
Dec / 2017
6.20
6.70
7.30
Dec / 2017
4.00
4.10
4.30
Dec / 2017
10.81
10.87
12.36
Q3 / 2017
10.40
11.30
12.90
Dec / 2017
2.60
2.80
3.00
Q3 / 2017
18.50
18.00
15.90
Jan / 2018
4.90
4.90
4.90
Apr / 2017
2.40
2.20
2.30
Dec / 2017
8.10
8.20
9.50
Dec / 2016
2.10
2.20
2.60
Q4 / 2017
6.70
6.60
7.60
Jan / 2018
5.60
5.80
6.10
Aug / 2017
2.00
2.00
1.90
Q3 / 2017
22.14
22.58
23.40
May / 2017
3.40
3.50
3.40
Q3 / 2017
4.01
4.13
4.84
Q3 / 2017
6.96
7.20
7.65
Dec / 2017
3.13
3.60
3.59
Q3 / 2017
3.40
3.50
2.90
Q4 / 2017
7.30
9.10
8.60
Q3 / 2017
14.80
15.60
16.90
Jan / 2018
4.50
4.50
5.60
Dec / 2017
4.50
4.90
5.70
Q4 / 2016
14.20
13.90
10.40
Dec / 2017
3.80
4.50
4.30
Q3 / 2017
29.20
29.00
28.40
Q3 / 2017
7.60
8.90
6.90
Sep / 2017
5.00
6.60
6.60
Jan / 2018
6.90
6.60
8.40
Dec / 2017
7.80
8.50
10.40
Dec / 2017
9.90
11.60
11.70
Q3 / 2017
0.10
0.10
0.20
Dec / 2017
4.00
4.10
4.80
Dec / 2017
5.10
5.00
5.60
Q3 / 2017
5.80
6.00
5.73
Q3 / 2017
12.90
11.80
13.80
Q2 / 2017
3.90
4.70
0.00
Mar / 2017
2.20
2.10
1.90
Jan / 2018
5.88
6.14
8.39
Dec / 2017
6.20
6.20
8.30
Sep / 2017
27.70
26.50
24.30
Jan / 2018
3.00
3.10
5.00
Q4 / 2017
16.55
16.38
18.63
Jan / 2018
7.00
6.30
7.40
Jan / 2018
3.30
3.00
3.60
Dec / 2017
3.66
3.77
3.78
Nov / 2017
2.20
2.20
2.30
Dec / 2017
0.96
1.17
1.18
Q1 / 2017
4.50
3.60
3.80
Q3 / 2017
15.30
15.30
15.50
Nov / 2017
10.30
10.56
12.70
Jan / 2018
4.10
4.10
4.70
Q3 / 2017
8.90
9.10
8.80
Sep / 2017
4.10
3.40
4.70
Nov / 2017
4.40
4.30
4.70
Dec / 2017
6.92
7.58
8.12
Apr / 2016
7.30
8.10
6.60
Dec / 2017
2.21
2.30
2.43