OECD unemployment rate continues to rise at 6.9% in January 2009
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09/03/2009 - The unemployment rate for the OECD area was 6.9% in January 2009, 0.1 percentage point higher than the previous month and 1.3 percentage points higher than a year earlier.
In the Euro area, the unemployment rate was 8.2% in January 2009, 0.1 percentage point higher than the previous month and 0.9 percentage point higher than a year earlier. For the United States, the unemployment rate for February 2009 was 8.1%, 0.5 percentage point higher than the previous month and 3.2 percentage points higher than a year earlier. For Japan, the rate was 4.1% in January 2009, 0.2 percentage point lower than the previous month but 0.3 percentage point higher than in January 2008. etc.
Harmonised unemployment rates and levels for OECD countries
The next publication date of the OECD's harmonised unemployment rates will be on 10 April 2009.
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