Global Employment Trends 2014

Where is the unemployment rate the highest?

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Unemployment rate per country (%) *


 
 


Key facts by region

  • In the Developed Economies and the European Union, labour market conditions showed no signs of improvement during 2013.
  • In Central and South-Eastern Europe (non-EU) and CIS countries, the fall in unemployment recorded since the crisis peak of 2009 was reversed in 2013.
  • In Latin America and the Caribbean, employment growth continued to outpace labour force expansion.
  • In East Asia, employment growth remained weak, consistent with weak labour force growth.
  • In South-East Asia and the Pacific, employment expanded by 1.6 per cent in 2013 and is projected to outpace growth in the working age population in the coming years.
  • In South Asia, labour markets continued to suffer from high rates of informal/agricultural employment where jobs are poorly paid and unprotected.
  • In the Middle East and North Africa, the economic growth rate in 2013 proved too low to generate sufficient employment opportunities for a fast growing population, and unemployment remained the highest in the world.
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa, paid employment opportunities are scarce and the vulnerable employment rate, at 77.4 per cent in 2013, remained the highest of all regions.

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* Unemployment rates may differ from data published by national sources due to differences in coverage and/or definitions. In particular for 2012 and 2013, unemployment rates were estimated by the ILO in case data published by national sources were not yet available at the point of time at which the Global Employment Trends report was prepared. Source: ILO, Trends Econometric Models, October 2013.