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Long-Term Unemployed

Map No. 144

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Long-term unemployment is when someone is out of work and seeking work for over one year. In 2002 almost 11 million long-term unemployed people were living in territories that are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Only OECD territories have an area on this map, due to data availability.

The highest rates of long-term unemployment are found in European territories. In Slovakia 5.5% of the total population have been out of work for longer than one year. That is 9.6% of the workforce.

The lowest long-term unemployment rate, in the territories for which data was available, was recorded in Mexico where state support was weakest.

"There are days when it feels like one big nightmare." Donata Wittmann, 2005

Territory size shows the proportion of all long-term unemployed living in territories of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that live there.

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