U.S. Unemployment Rate Looks Good, Compared to Some Other Countries

I don't know how this was kept a secret for so long, but a newspaper in Namibia is reporting that the country had 51.2 percent unemployment in 2008. That's a far cry from the U.S. unemployment rate of 9.6 percent in August 2010, and even lower than some other countries.

Drops in agriculture, mining and manufacturing jobs in Namibia were blamed for the high unemployment, as were the recession and global warming. It took the government a year to verify the numbers and another year to release the report.

The worldwide unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in 2009, which is a good baseline to start from. The Central Intelligence Agency, which tracks and reports these statistics, notes that combined unemployment and underemployment in many non-industrialized countries is 30 percent using 2007 estimates, with developed countries typically having 4 percent to 12 percent unemployment.

Here are some of the more startling unemployment numbers from the CIA reports:

Zimbabwe: 95 percent in 2009, the CIA estimates. War, importing most of its food, hyperinflation and political instability caused some of its problems, although the Zimbabwe economy is growing for the first time in a decade.

Nepal: 46 percent in 2008. Almost a quarter of its population lives below the poverty line.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: 40 percent in 2009, although a gray economy may reduce it to 25-30 percent. The global financial meltdown hurt this country,

Gaza Strip: 40 percent in 2009, the CIA reports, with its neighbor the West Bank at 19 percent in 2009.

Kenya: 40 percent in 2008.

Macedonia: 32.2 percent in 2009. At least it has a stable economy and a sound financial system, according to the CIA.

Mauritania: 30 percent in 2008. Like many countries on this list, it's difficult to find on a map. It's near Senegal and Western Sahara, if that spurs anything from your high-school geography class.

Afghanistan: 35 percent in 2008. Decades of conflict have taken a toll.

Spain: 20.3 percent, pushing it just ahead of Latvia's 20.1 percent unemployment as the worst jobless rate in the European Union. A credit-fueled economy and a housing bust -- which should sound familiar to Americans -- are blamed for Spain's high unemployment.

That's an unofficial list of countries not to look for work in, based on 2008 statistics or better. The CIA's unemployment-rate list has some older data.


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Sylvan

They are lying as Many corporations in NYC had massive lay offs with a
lot more coming.

60,000 Lawyers were fired. There is not one day that I receive at
least 2 calls asking for a job.

The Zero Bama hired census takers to boost the employment but that
was just temporally.

This country has over 14% unemployment and many people just gave up
looking for a job and with the new taxes coming that the senate
(congress) are passing and not talking about until after the Nov
elections this is a guarantee that the democraps are scared to let the
public know.

With this amount of people not working the idiots are raising taxes
rather then cut spending such as giving money to Haiti /Kenya and
other countries as the USA goes broke.

If businesses keep getting hit with more tax we have no choice but
close shop, or go over seas to a business's friendly country that
wants its citizens to work or just keep laying off as I fired all my
employees this year and only hire part timers as needed. It was very
painful firing loyal employees as Zero Bam and NY keep raising
business taxes.

October 01 2010 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RENZE

The "dumbing"of America started in the 70s and was done deliberatle. Our education system was excellent. Our research and development was done in the United States.Our manufacturing was booming. Our economy was flourishing. Our employment rat was high. In the sixties America put men on the moon. Where did we go wrong? Greed and corruption. Unions wanted higher wages and more benefits, Manufacturers wanted higher profits. The world was buying American mede products.
In our greed for higher profits and higher wages in the 70s we sold our technology to japan. From then on everything wetd downhill. Today we have to catch up and our president wants every body to have a college degree. But without the proper jobs we will only have highly educated unemployed people. We need people with skills and we need R&D and manufacturing and we should stop buyingproducts made by American companies abroad. With such a high unemployment rate, 10 to 15 %, why is America importing unskilled immigrants from 3rd world countries? This puts an additional burden on the US taxpayers.

October 01 2010 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
immortal warlock

firing people is the exact opposite of what we should be doing

October 01 2010 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DJ

...AND I-F WE GET THESE L-O-S-E-R-S OUT OF D.C. OUR UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WILL BE MUCH B-E-T-T-E-R THAN IT IS N-O-W!!! ALTHOUGH, THEY HAVE BEEN AND STILL A-R-E DIGGING US INTO A "BLACK HOLE" IT IS GOING TO TAKE A HECK OF A LOT OF W-O-R-K TO "UNDO AND THEN RE-DO"!!! IF WE COULD ONLY GET B.O. OUT OF OFFICE AT THE SAME ELECTION TIME!!!

October 01 2010 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
immortal warlock

oh by the way i dont spell check what i type. i'm not poltically correct. my wirelss keyboard needs batteries.i offer no excuses. i make no complaints. i only point out and express what i feel and know to be tru. a lot of us blame others for all our poblems and i think that's quite unfair. i think we want it all and dont want to give anything.blood sweat and tears. we want a leader but dont want to follow.we want a savior but not salvation. we want the good but not the bad. we hate but dont want to be hated we judge but dont want to be judge.we want to command but not to ordered. we want to teach but not learn.we want to kill and not be killed. we are a great country for alot of reasons and until we humble ourselves to what made us great we will fall far from it

October 01 2010 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DJ

Just h-o-w do you think the rest of the world gets HELP? Mostly through USA and the charitable people and organiztions funded by "W-O-R-K-I-N-G TAX-PAYING CITIZENS" ("L-E-G-A-L"...MAY WE ADD!)

October 01 2010 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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immortal warlock

13 trillion in debt maybe we should pay our taxes or dues to the world bank.

October 01 2010 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
drbuckles

Germany is growing at 9% and has worker representation on corporate boards, and we are barely growing at 2.6%. Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland have 50% unionization. All of these except Iceland, who went the Milton Friedman, deregulation of banks route, are growing at nearly 5%. These countries are clearly ahead of us in productivity and standard of living, while we are falling behind quickly.
It's clear our economics of privatization of government, deregulation, free market monopolization, and deconstructing our social systems is not working. The Republicans and Clinton Democrats continue to pound away at tax reductions that haven't created jobs growth since Bush took office with no avail. American capitalism doesn't work in this global arrangement we have in the WTO because the players all cheat, including the US transnational corporations. The problem is our political system runs on money and until we fix that the middle class will continue to the third world living conditions that countries like Mexico are befitted with.

October 01 2010 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
immortal warlock

i dont recall obama fucking up anything so far. but i know the busches did. so lets hate obama ok we dont hate obama we hate blacks and anything like them.well he black so well hate him.well blame him for all our problems .the housing market bust must be obama i guess he should have been paying my morgage that bastard. loss of jobs i guess he should have been managing all those companies son of a bitch. my kids school sucks that motherfucker should have been teaching them better. there poor people he sould made them fuckin rich.theres no good healthcare fuck is he done get in the fucking blood mobile and start donig probono medicne pratices.there global warming why the fuck he aint in an airplens blowing down trying to keep the world conld .my kids hate me why the fuck ha aint in my house parenting.the world just took a shit why the fuck he aint wipping its ass............oh wait he is hands tied mouth gaged body torn name slandered feet taped heart still giving.you cant get help for america if we keep closing the door on its helpers and telling them to go away. saying i got it see you tomorrow. because if we got we got and if we dont we dont the theory is brilliant.

October 01 2010 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ray

Is this nonsense the only 'good' the media can find on Obama?

October 01 2010 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Don

I spoke with a truckdriver recently who is from Detroit. He claims that the actual unemployment rate in the Detroit area, including people who have run out of unemployment and are now homeless, is closer to 45 - 50%.
Anyone from that area that can confirm or deny his claim? God knows our guv'mint won't tell us the truth.....

October 01 2010 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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