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1 OECD unemployment rate stable at 7.6% in January 201 The OECD unemployment rate was stable at 7.6% in January 201. Across the OECD area, 6.2 million persons were unemployed, 3.8 million less than the peak in April 2010, but 11.5 million more than in July In the Euro area, the unemployment rate was stable at 12.0% in January. The unemployment rate increased in France (by 0.1 percentage point, to 10.9%) and Italy (by 0.2 percentage point, to 12.9%), while it decreased in Germany (by 0.1 percentage point, to 5.0%). Among other European countries, the largest falls in the unemployment rate were observed in the Slovak Republic (down 0.2 percentage point, to 13.6%, the 5 th consecutive month of decline) and in Denmark (down 0.2 percentage point, to 7.0%). By contrast, the unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points in Sweden (to 8.2%). Among other OECD countries, the unemployment rate fell in January in Canada (by 0.2 percentage point, to 7.0%) and in the United States (by 0.1 percentage point, to 6.6%), while it was stable in Japan (at 3.7%) and increased in Australia (by 0.2 percentage point, to 6.0%) and Korea (by 0.1 percentage point, to 3.2%). More recent data referring to February 201 show that the unemployment rate increased in the United States (by 0.1 percentage point, to 6.7%) while it was stable in Canada. In January 201, the unemployment rate for women in the OECD area decreased by 0.1 percentage point (to 7.7%), while it was stable for men (at 7.5%). The unemployment rate for youth rose by 0.2 percentage point, to 15.7%, but was 1.0 percentage point lower than one year ago. The youth unemployment rate remains exceptionally high in several Euro area countries, such as Greece (at 59.0% in November, the latest month available), Spain (at 5.6%), Italy (at 2.%), Portugal (at 3.7%) and the Slovak Republic (at 31.3%)., s.a. Euro area Japan United States OECD Total Dec-13 Jan-1 Jan All persons Women Men Youth (15-2) 25+ Methodological Notes: All rates and levels quoted are seasonally adjusted (s.a.). New Labour Market Statistics: Country Note: The statistical data for Israel are supplied by and under the responsibility of the relevant Israeli authorities. The use of such data by the OECD is without prejudice to the status of the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements in the West Bank under the terms of international law. Contacts: For further information readers are invited to contact the OECD's Media Relations Division on (33) or For technical questions contact Next release: Wednesday, 9 April 201 1

2 Table 1: OECD Unemployment Rates, s.a. Percentage of active population Q1 Q2 Q3 Q Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan OECD - Total Major Seven European Union Euro area Australia Austria Belgium Canada (1) Chile Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Japan Korea Luxembourg Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Norway Poland Portugal Slovak Republic Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom United States (2) Notes: (1) Canada: Unemployment rate for February 201 was 7.0% (2) United States: Unemployment rate for February 201 was 6.7% 2

3 Table 2: Unemployment Rates by Gender, s.a. Percentage of corresponding active population Women Men Q3 Q Nov Dec Jan Q3 Q Nov Dec Jan OECD - Total Major Seven European Union Euro area Australia Austria Belgium Canada Chile Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Japan Korea Luxembourg Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Norway Poland Portugal Slovak Republic Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom United States

4 Table 3: Unemployment Rates by Age, s.a. Percentage of corresponding active population Youth (15-2) Prime-age and Older Workers (25+) Q3 Q Nov Dec Jan Q3 Q Nov Dec Jan OECD - Total Major Seven European Union Euro area Australia Austria Belgium Canada Chile Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Japan Korea Luxembourg Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Norway Poland Portugal Slovak Republic Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom United States

5 Table : Unemployment Levels, s.a. Thousands of persons Q2 Q3 Q Oct Nov Dec Jan OECD - Total 7,809 7,839 8,23 7,763 6,820 7,329 6,89 6,29 6,179 Major Seven 27,296 26, 26,712 26,290 25,61 26,012 25,733 25,096 2,950 European Union 25,520 26,562 26,68 26,598 26,312 26,360 26,361 26,21 26,231 Euro area 18,216 19,288 19,301 19,359 19,235 19,275 19,273 19,158 19,175 Australia Austria Belgium Canada 1,368 1,38 1,35 1,353 1,37 1,331 1,326 1,38 1,333 Chile Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France 3,002 3,185 3,173 3,205 3,186 3,181 3,18 3,19 3,199 Germany 2,316 2,263 2,271 2,27 2,193 2,217 2,19 2,168 2,13 Greece 1,20 1,36 1,379 1,376 1,382 Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Italy 2,76 3,113 3,085 3,19 3,228 3,188 3,262 3,233 3,293 Japan 2,88 2,651 2,657 2,627 2,560 2,60 2,600 2,0 2,20 Korea Luxembourg Mexico 2,96 2,539 2,622 2,538 2,90 2,50 2,22 2,508 2,526 Netherlands New Zealand Norway Poland 1,79 1,793 1,818 1,773 1,75 1,75 1,78 1,733 1,718 Portugal Slovak Republic Slovenia Spain 5,769 5,995 6,012 6,002 5,920 5,969 5,931 5,861 5,836 Sweden Switzerland Turkey 2,201 2,15 2,50 2,51 2,97 United Kingdom 2,511 2,65 2,21 2,315 2,326 United States 12,506 11,60 11,707 11,289 10,777 11,10 10,81 10,351 10,236 5

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