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Table 1 Unemployment and employment rates in the EU (1998–2008)

From: Transitions in labour market status in EU labour markets

EU (changing composition) Unemployment rate (%) Long-term unemployment (12 months or >) as a % of the total unemployment Employment rate (%) Average unemployment duration in months
1998 10.3 48.0 61.2 18.3
1999 9.5 46.1 62.2 17.7
2000 8.5 45.4 63.2 17.4
2001 7.4 44.0 63.9 16.0
2002 7.7 40.1 64.2 15.6
2003 8.1 41.3 64.4 16.1
2004 8.3 41.0 64.6 15.7
2005 9.1 45.5 64.0 15.7
2006 8.3 45.3 64.8 15.7
2007 7.2 42.7 65.4 14.8
2008 7.1 37.0 65.9 12.4
  1. Sources: Eurostat and OECD statistics (last column).