July 27 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

International unemployment rates by age group, 2011

Unemployment rates for teenagers, persons aged 20-24, and adults, selected countries, adjusted to U.S. concepts, annual averages, 2011
Country Unemployment rate (in percent)
Teenagers Persons aged 20-24 Adults


64.7 43.2 19.5


47.4 26.5 7.0


34.1 18.3 5.2

United Kingdom

31.2 16.5 5.8


29.6 20.6 7.9

New Zealand

25.7 12.1 4.4

United States

24.4 14.6 7.6


17.7 10.1 5.4


16.1 8.4 3.7


14.9 24.7 6.3


10.7 5.7 3.9

Korea, Republic of

10.6 9.4 3.0


9.9 8.1 5.6


9.7 7.7 3.9

Note: Teenagers are defined as 16-19-year-olds in Canada, Spain, Sweden, the United States, and the United Kingdom; and 15-19-year-olds in other countries shown. Adults are defined as persons aged 25 and over.

These data are featured in the TED article, International unemployment rates by age group, 2011.




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