OECD unemployment rate broadly stable at 8.6% in February

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13/04/2010 - The unemployment rate for the OECD area was broadly stable in February 2010 compared with January. The headline rate fell 0.1 percentage point but this reflected the partial unwinding of effects that led to a temporary increase in Korea's January rate. Month on month, the general picture is of broad stability across all OECD countries, a trend reinforced by the March figures for the United States and Canada, which were unchanged at 9.7% and 8.2%, respectively.

Selected Unemployment Rates, s.a.

January 2010 - February 2010 (1)

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(1) United Kingdom:  November-09 - December-09

Link to underlying data - Source: Labour Force Statistics (Main Economic Iindicators) 

The next publication of the OECD's harmonised unemployment rates will be on 11 May 2010.


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