OECD unemployment rate up at 8.8% in October 2009
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14/12/2009 - The unemployment rate for the OECD area was 8.8% in October 2009, 0.1 percentage point higher than the previous month and 2.3 percentage points higher than a year earlier.
In the Euro area, the unemployment rate was 9.8% in October 2009, the same as the previous month and 1.9 percentage points higher than in October 2008. For the United States, the unemployment rate for November 2009 was 10.0%, 0.2 percentage point lower than the previous month and 3.2 percentage points higher than a year earlier. For Japan, the rate was 5.1% in October 2009, 0.2 percentage point lower than the previous month and 1.3 percentage points higher than in October 2008. etc.
Harmonised unemployment rates and levels for OECD countries
The next publication of the OECD's harmonised unemployment rates will be on 11 January 2010.
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