Spotlight on Statistics

March 2008

Around the World in Eight Charts

Chart Data

Teenage and adult unemployment rates, 2006 (percent)
Country Age
15 or 16 to 19 years 25 years and over

Germany

14.2 9.9

Japan

9.6 3.8

Netherlands

10.1 3.8

Canada

14.8 4.6

Australia

14.7 3.6

United States

15.4 3.6

United Kingdom

20.3 3.8

France

30.9 8.1

Sweden

31.1 5.0

Italy

33.2 5.6

NOTE:
Data for teenagers are for 15- to 19-year-olds in Australia, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the Netherlands, and for 16- to 19-year-olds in Canada, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Source: Foreign Labor Statistics

Average annual growth rates in output per hour in manufacturing, 1992-2006 (percent per year)
Country 1992-2006

Italy

0.8

Spain

1.7

Norway

2.3

Canada

2.5

Australia

2.6

Denmark

2.7

United Kingdom

3.0

Belgium

3.1

Japan

3.6

Germany

3.6

Netherlands

3.7

France

4.1

United States

4.8

Taiwan

5.4

Sweden

6.9

South Korea

9.0

Source: Foreign Labor Statistics

Average annual growth rates in real GDP per capita, 1995-2000 and 2000-2006 (percent)
Country 1995-2000 2000-2006

South Korea

3.5 4.2

Spain

3.5 1.7

Netherlands

3.4 0.9

Canada

3.2 1.5

Sweden

3.1 2.3

Australia

3.0 1.8

United Kingdom

2.9 2.1

United States

2.9 1.5

France

2.4 1.0

Germany

1.9 0.9

Italy

1.9 0.3

Japan

0.8 1.3

Source: Foreign Labor Statistics

Unemployment Rates, 1991-2006 (percent)
Year United States Canada Japan Europe (4)

1991

6.8 9.8 2.1 7.4

1992

7.5 10.6 2.2 8.3

1993

6.9 10.8 2.5 9.7

1994

6.1 9.6 2.9 9.7

1995

5.6 8.6 3.2 9.6

1996

5.4 8.8 3.4 9.8

1997

4.9 8.4 3.4 9.9

1998

4.5 7.7 4.1 9.4

1999

4.2 7.0 4.7 8.8

2000

4.0 6.1 4.8 8.0

2001

4.7 6.5 5.1 7.6

2002

5.8 7.0 5.4 7.8

2003

6.0 6.9 5.3 8.2

2004

5.5 6.4 4.8 8.4

2005

5.1 6.0 4.5 8.7

2006

4.6 5.5 4.2 8.3

NOTE:
Europe (4) is an average of France, Germany, Italy, and United Kingdom.

Source: Foreign Labor Statistics

Hourly compensation costs for production workers in manufacturing by wages and other pay and benefits, 2006
Country Hourly Compensation (U.S. $)
Total Wages Other Pay and Benefits

Norway

$41.05 $27.54 $13.51

Germany

$34.21 $19.81 $14.40

Switzerland

$30.67 $20.03 $10.61

United Kingdom

$27.10 $18.89 $8.21

United States

$23.82 $16.79 $7.03

Japan

$20.20 $11.80 $8.40

New Zealand

$14.47 $12.15 $2.33

Czech Republic

$6.77 $4.10 $2.66

Brazil

$4.91 $2.61 $2.30

Philippines

$1.07 $0.80 $0.27

Source: Foreign Labor Statistics

Average annual growth rates in employment, 1991-2006 (percent per year)
Country Growth rate

Australia

1.9

Canada

1.7

Netherlands

1.5

United States

1.4

France

0.7

United Kingdom

0.7

Italy

0.4

Japan

0.0

Germany

0.0

Sweden

0.0

NOTE:
Due to rounding, the average annual growth rate in employment was 0.0 percent for Japan, Germany, and Sweden between 1991 and 2006, even though there were slight changes in employment levels in these countries over the period.

Source: Foreign Labor Statistics

Hourly compensation costs by industry for production workers in manufacturing, 2005
Industry Hourly Compensation (U.S. $)
Germany United States Brazil Mexico

Motor Vehicles

$44.95 $35.62 $7.76 $3.52

Computers and Electronic Products

$29.92 $26.63 $6.67 $2.88

Food, Beverages, and Tobacco

$26.33 $19.51 $3.02 $2.15

Textiles, Apparel, and Leather

$22.74 $15.43 $2.14 $1.90

Source: Foreign Labor Statistics

Share of total employment in manufacturing and services sectors, 1965 and 2005 (percent)
Country 1965 2005
Services Manufacturing Services Manufacturing

United States (US)

59.5 27.0 78.6 11.5

Canada (CAN)

57.3 23.8 76.0 13.6

Australia (AUL)

54.6 26.1 75.8 10.8

France (FRA)

43.9 27.5 74.8 15.5

Netherlands (NTH)

52.5 28.6 76.5 13.9

Sweden (SWE)

46.5 32.6 76.4 15.3

United Kingdom (UK)

51.3 35.0 77.0 13.3

NOTE:
Employment shares shown do not represent the total economy, because employment in agriculture, mining, and construction is excluded; therefore, the shares for each country do not sum to 100 percent.

Source: Foreign Labor Statistics

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