Unemployment in Europe

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The graph compares in five European countries and in the European Union over the last ten years. Overall, Spain and Greece have seen huge increases in the number of unemployed people, while the percentage of people out of work in Norway and Germany is much lower than the average for Europe.

Spain and Greece have similar with unemployment. In 2000, 12% of the workforce in each country was unemployed. This to about 8% in 2007-2008, but then shot , with Spain a figure of around 25% in 2011, and Greece reaching about 17%.

The number of people out of work in France remained very similar to the European Union average over the period. It fell from 10% in 2000 to a low of about 7% in 2005 but then rose again to about 10%.

German unemployment at 8% in 2000 and reached a of 12% in 2005 before falling sharply to under 6% in 2011. Norway had the lowest unemployment the period, with less than 4% in 2000 and a similar figure in 2011.

In conclusion, the average rate of unemployment in Europe increased only over the ten years, but there were major differences between countries, with huge rises in Spain and Greece and drops in Germany.

Data from Google Data Explorer