International Unemployment Rates and Employment Indexes, Seasonally Adjusted

January 2015

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In January 2015unemployment rate trends remained mixed in Europe and in countries outside of Europe. Australia, Sweden, the United States, and Japan experienced an increase in joblessness while Canada, France, Germany, and Italy saw a decline in unemployment. 

Australia’s increase in unemployment (from 6.1 to 6.4 percent) was the largest among countries compared in January, resulting in the largest unemployment rate for the country since August 2002. In contrast, joblessness in Canada fell to 5.6 percent, the lowest level since October 2008.  See Table 1 and Chart 3-4.

 

However, employment trends in January were mostly positive. Employment increased in all countries covered except Australia and Japan. The United States experienced the largest increase in the employment index (January 2007 = 100), from 101.0 to 101.5, and has seen an upward trend in employment since November 2013.  See Table 3 and Chart 5.

Germany showed continued strength in the labor market with an increase in the employment index from 109.6 to 109.7.  German employment has not decreased in three years since January 2012.

 

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

(in percent)

 

 20132014/PJan. 2014Nov. 2014Dec. 2014Jan. 2015Change from Dec. 2014-Jan. 2015
United States 7.4 6.2 6.6 5.8 5.6 5.7 0.1
Australia 5.6 6.0 6.0 6.3 6.1 6.4 0.3
Canada 6.1 5.9 6.0 5.7 5.7 5.6 -0.1
France 10.4 10.4 9.8 10.1 10.1 10.0 -0.1
Germany 5.3 5.1 5.2 4.9 4.9 4.8 -0.1
Italy 12.3 12.8 12.8 13.4 12.8 12.7 -0.1
Japan 3.4 3.0 3.1 2.9 2.9 3.0 0.1
Netherlands 6.7 6.9 7.8 7.2 7.2 7.2 0.0
Sweden 8.0 7.9 8.0 7.7 7.6 7.8 0.2
United Kingdom 7.6 NA 6.9 5.7 NA NA NA
Notes:
NA means data not available.
/P means data are preliminary estimates
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)


 20132014Jan. 2014Nov. 2014Dec. 2014Jan. 2015Change from Dec. 2014-Jan. 2015
EU-28 10.9 10.2 10.6 10.0 9.9 9.8 -0.1
Euro Area 12.0 11.6 11.8 11.5 11.3 11.2 -0.1
Austria 4.9 NA 5.1 4.9 4.9 4.8 -0.1
Belgium 8.4 8.5 8.5 8.6 8.5 8.5 0.0
Denmark 7.0 6.6 7.0 6.4 6.2 6.2 0.0
Finland 8.2 8.7 8.4 8.9 8.8 8.8 0.0
Greece 27.5 26.5 27.2 25.9 26.0 NA NA
Ireland 13.1 11.3 12.1 10.4 10.2 10.0 -0.2
Portugal 16.4 14.1 15.0 13.5 13.6 13.3 -0.3
Spain 26.1 24.5 25.5 23.7 23.6 23.4 -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


 20132014/PJan. 2014Nov. 2014Dec. 2014Jan. 2015Change from Dec. 2014-Jan. 2015
                               2007 = 100                               January 2007 = 100  
United States 98.5 100.1 99.4 100.9 101.0 101.5 0.5
Australia 109.9 111.0 111.9 113.4 113.8 113.7 -0.1
Canada 105.8 106.5 107.1 107.7 107.6 107.9 0.3
France 101.1 101.2 102.2 102.4 102.3 102.5 0.2
Germany 106.5 107.6 108.1 109.4 109.6 109.7 0.1
Italy 96.6 96.9 97.6 97.9 98.1 98.2 0.1
Japan 98.3 98.9 99.2 99.6 100.0 99.9 -0.1
Netherlands 101.4 100.8 102.0 102.8 102.7 103.0 0.3
Sweden 103.5 105.0 104.4 106.4 106.3 106.5 0.2
United Kingdom 102.3 NA 104.5 105.9 NA NA NA
Notes:
NA means data not available.
/P means data are preliminary estimates
See technical notes for information on sources and methods.
Source: The Conference Board, International Labor Comparisons program 

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