Glossary:Unemployment

An unemployed person is defined by Eurostat, according to the guidelines of the International Labour Organization, as:

  • someone aged 15 to 74 (in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway: 16 to 74 years);
  • without work during the reference week;
  • available to start work within the next two weeks (or has already found a job to start within the next three months);
  • actively having sought employment at some time during the last four weeks.

The unemployment rate is the number of people unemployed as a percentage of the labour force.

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