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March 1993

International comparisons of unemployment indicators

Constance Sorrentino

Seven unemployment indicators for 1989 reveal major labor market differences among North America, Europe, and Japan. Sweden and Japan have the largest increases in unemployment when part-time work for economic reasons and discouragement with the labor market are taken into account. This article introduces a set of measures comparable to U-1 through U-7 for eight foreign countries in 1989.

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