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Eurostat produces harmonised unemployment rates for individual EU member states, the euro area and the EU, based on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) recommended definition and using the results of a harmonised source, the European Union Labour Force Survey (LFS). Unemployment rates represent unemployed persons as a percentage of the labour force (the total number of people employed plus unemployed). [Formerly known as Comparable unemployment rates (CURs).].

Source Publication:
The European Union Labour Force Survey - Methods and Definitions, 1996, Eurostat, p.13.

Cross References:
Unemployment rate - OECD standardised unemployment rates

Version Indicator: Eurostat

Statistical Theme: Labour statistics - Labour force statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Friday, January 16, 2009