CountryDateUnemployment Rate
United States [+]May 20174.3%
Euro zone [+]April 20179.3%
United Kingdom [+]April 20174.6%
Germany [+]April 20173.9%
France [+]April 20179.5%
Japan [+]April 20172.8%

Unemployment (or joblessness) occurs when people are without jobs and they have actively sought work. Therefore, the unemployed in a country are those with age, ability and desire to work (labor force) but do not have a job.

The number of unemployed in a country usually was expressed in terms of the labor force, and it is called unemployment rate. The unemployment rate is a percentage and it is calculated by dividing the number of unemployed people by all individuals currently in the labor force.

Unemployment rate = Total Unemployed / Labor force