CountryDateUnemployment Rate
United States [+]November 20164.6%
Euro zone [+]October 20169.8%
United Kingdom [+]September 20164.8%
Germany [+]October 20164.1%
France [+]October 20169.7%
Japan [+]October 20163.0%

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