International Unemployment Rates and Employment Indexes, Seasonally Adjusted

September 2014

13 November 2014

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In September 2014, labor markets in Europe showed positive signs as unemployment rates decreased or remained stable in a majority of countries compared. Only Italy experienced an increase in unemployment. Outside of Europe, labor markets were mixed as the United States and Canada saw joblessness decrease, but Japan and Australia experienced a rise in unemployment.

With the decrease in unemployment in September, the unemployment rate in Canada and the United States dropped below 6 percent for the first time since 2008.  The labor market in the Netherlands showed continued strength as Dutch unemployment has consistently decreased for the past 6 months.  See Table 1 and Chart 3-4.

 

Employment trends in September 2014 were positive or steady as only Australia showed a decline in employment. In the United States, the job market improved again as the employment index (January 2007=100) rose from 100.2 to 100.4.  The employment index for the United States has been stable or growing for eleven consecutive months.  See Table 3 and Chart 5.

Although Italy experienced a second month of employment gains and the second largest increase in the employment index in September (0.3 points) to 97.3, it remains the only European country compared that has not returned to pre-recession levels of employment.

 

Table 1. Unemployment rates adjusted to US concepts, seasonally adjusted

(in percent)

 

 20122013Sept. 2013Jul. 2014Aug. 2014Sept. 2014Change from Aug. 2014-Sept. 2014
United States 8.1 7.4 7.2 6.2 6.1 5.9 -0.2
Australia 5.2 5.6 5.7 6.1 6.1 6.2 0.1
Canada 6.3 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 5.9 -0.2
France 9.9 10.4 10.0 10.2 10.2 10.2 0.0
Germany 5.5 5.3 5.3 5.1 5.1 5.0 -0.1
Italy 10.8 12.3 12.6 12.7 12.6 12.7 0.1
Japan 3.9 3.4 3.4 3.2 2.9 3.0 0.1
Netherlands 5.3 6.7 7.0 6.7 6.6 6.5 -0.1
Sweden 7.9 8.0 8.0 7.7 8.0 7.7 -0.3
United Kingdom 8.0 7.6 7.4 6.0 NA NA NA
Notes:
(1) For Japan, 2011 data are partially based on estimates from the Statistics Bureau of Japan for areas affected by the March 11, 2011 earthquake.
NA means data not available.
See technical notes for information on sources and methods.
Source: The Conference Board, International Labor Comparisons program 

 

Table 2. Unemployment rates unadjusted by The Conference Board, seasonally adjusted

(in percent)


 20122013Sept. 2013Jul. 2014Aug. 2014Sept. 2014Change from Aug. 2014-Sept. 2014
EU-28 10.4 10.8 10.8 10.1 10.1 10.1 0.0
Euro Area 11.3 12.0 12.0 11.5 11.5 11.5 0.0
Austria 4.3 4.9 5.0 4.9 4.9 5.1 0.2
Belgium 7.6 8.4 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 0.0
Denmark 7.5 7.0 6.8 6.6 6.6 6.6 0.0
Finland 7.7 8.2 8.2 8.6 8.6 8.7 0.1
Greece 24.5 27.5 28.0 26.4 NA NA NA
Ireland 14.7 13.1 12.6 11.5 11.4 11.2 -0.2
Portugal 15.8 16.4 15.7 13.9 13.9 13.6 -0.3
Spain 24.8 26.1 26.1 24.3 24.2 24.0 -0.2
Note:
(1) The European Union-28 (EU-28) refers to the EU member countries as of July 1, 2013.
(2) The Euro Area refers to the EU member countries that adopted the euro as a common currency.
NA means data not available.
See technical notes for information on sources and methods.
Source: Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT)

TABLE 3. Employment indexes adjusted to US concepts, seasonally adjusted


 20122013Sept. 2013Jul. 2014Aug. 2014Sept. 2014Change from Aug. 2014-Sept. 2014
                               2007 = 100                               January 2007 = 100  
United States 97.6 98.5 98.8 100.2 100.2 100.4 0.2
Australia 108.8 109.9 111.8 113.1 113.0 112.7 -0.3
Canada 104.4 105.8 107.1 107.7 107.6 108.0 0.4
France 101.2 101.1 102.4 102.0 102.1 102.1 0.0
Germany 105.4 106.5 107.9 108.3 108.3 108.4 0.1
Italy 98.5 96.6 96.7 96.9 97.0 97.3 0.3
Japan 97.6 98.3 99.1 99.6 99.8 99.8 0.0
Netherlands 102.0 101.4 102.7 102.1 102.2 102.3 0.1
Sweden 102.5 103.5 104.1 105.8 106.2 106.4 0.2
United Kingdom 101.0 102.3 103.5 105.5 NA NA NA
Notes:
(1) For Japan, 2011 data are partially based on estimates from the Statistics Bureau of Japan for areas affected by the March 11, 2011 earthquake.
NA means data not available.
See technical notes for information on sources and methods.
Source: The Conference Board, International Labor Comparisons program 

 

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