OECD unemployment rate rises to 6.8% in December 2008
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09/02/2009 - The unemployment rate for the OECD area was 6.8% in December 2008, 0.2 percentage point higher than the previous month and 1.1 percentage points higher than a year earlier.
In the Euro area, the unemployment rate was 8.0% in December 2008, 0.1 percentage point higher than the previous month and 0.8 percentage point higher than a year earlier. For the United States the unemployment rate for January 2009 was 7.6%, 0.4 percentage point higher than the previous month and 2.6 percentage points higher than a year earlier. For Japan, the rate was 4.5% in December 2008, 0.5 percentage point higher than the previous month and 0.7 percentage point higher than in December 2007. etc.
Harmonised unemployment rates for OECD countries
The next publication date of the OECD's harmonised unemployment rates will be on 9 March 2009.
Note that from January 2009 onwards OECD's internationally comparable unemployment rates are referred to as harmonised unemployment rates. This change aligns the terminology with that used by the Statistical Office of the European Communities, which calculates and provides OECD with the unemployment rates for European Union countries and Norway. Harmonised unemployment rates for Mexico, Iceland and Turkey have been added to OECD's Main Economic Indicator (MEI) database dissemination platforms, including the monthly unemployment rate news release, the monthly MEI paper publication and in the OECD.stat online database. Please contact email@example.com for further details.
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