HC Deb 23 May 1991 vol 191 cc643-4W
Dr. Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish a list showing the latest available figures for the rate of unemployment in each OECD member country.

Mr. Jackson

Following is a table which gives the latest available internationally comparable unemployment rates for the OECD countries.

Comparisons of unemployment between OECD countries
Standardised unemployment rates2 seasonally adjusted
Percentage rate Latest month
Spain 15.8 November
Ireland 15.1 March
Canada 10.4 March
Italy 9.8 October
New Zealand 9.6 February
France 9.2 February
Australia 9.1 March
United Kingdom 8.6 March
Belgium 8.5 March
Netherlands 7.5 February
United States 6.8 March
Finland 5.7 February
Norway 5.0 November
Germany (FR)1 4.5 February
Portugal 4.5 November
Sweden 2.3 March
Japan 2.0 February
OECD Total2 6.6 February
Major 73 6.1 February

Source: OECD "Main Economic Indicators" and Press Releases.

1 There are no reliable figures available as yet for a unified Germany. The rate quoted is for what was formerly West Germany.

2 Only the countries listed are included in the total.

3 United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, USA, Japan and Canada.

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