Definition of Unemployment


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Australia Unemployment description:

  1. Persons aged 15 years and over who were not employed during the reference week, and:
  2. had actively looked for full-time or part-time work at any time in the four weeks up to the end of the reference week; and
  3. were available for work in the reference week; or
  4. were waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the reference week and could have started in the reference week if the job had been available then.

Source: http://laborsta.ilo.org/applv8/data/SSM3/E/AU.html

The unemployment definition for the USA is at: http://laborsta.ilo.org/applv8/data/SSM3/E/US.html

The unemployment definition for the United Kingdom is at:
http://laborsta.ilo.org/applv8/data/SSM3/E/GB.html


The above is inline with the ILO general description of Unemployment shown at: http://laborsta.ilo.org/applv8/data/c3e.html#T3A


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The International Labour Organisation ILO, provided the following:
Unemployment figures for Australia:

  • 7.0% 1999
  • 6.4% 2000
  • 6.8% 2001
  • 6.4% 2002
  • 5.9% 2003
  • 5.5% 2004
  • 5.0% 2005
  • 4.8% 2006
  • 4.4% 2007
  • 4.2% 2008

Unemployment figures for United Kingdom

  • 6.0% 1999
  • 5.4% 2000
  • 4.9% 2001
  • 5.0% 2002
  • 4.8% 2003
  • 4.7% 2004
  • 4.6% 2005
  • 5.4% 2006
  • 5.3% 2007
  • 5.3% 2008

Definition of Employed:

  • Australia
  • Employment:
    All persons aged 15 years and over who, during the reference week:
    worked for one hour or more for pay, profit, commission or payment in kind in a job or business, or on a farm (comprising employees, employers and own account workers)…

  • United Kingdom
  • Employment:
    Work for pay or profit for at least one hour per week, including unpaid family workers. Persons temporarily absent from work are employed if the temporary absence is less than six months or the person continues to be paid and has a guarantee of a return to work….

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