The unemployment rate in the OECD as a whole remained stable in December 2018 for the third consecutive month, at 5.2%, which means that 33.4 million people were unemployed in those countries at the end of last year. , the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said in a statement on Tuesday.
The level of unemployment remained stable in December in the whole of the euro zone, with 7.9%, and the greatest decrease among its members was observed in Italy (-0.2 percentage points, up to 10.3%) . In Spain it decreased one tenth, to 14.3%.
In Japan, it also fell one tenth, to 2.4%, while it remained stable in Canada (5.6%), South Korea (3.8%) and rose two tenths in Israel (up to 4.3%). %) and in the United States (3.9%).
In Mexico, the rate rose three tenths and stood at 3.6%.
With the most recent data available for the United States and Canada, unemployment increased in both countries in January by one and two tenths respectively.
Between December 2017 and December 2018, the unemployment rate in the OECD countries fell three tenths and up to seven in the euro zone.
Countries such as Greece (18.5%, in November, last data available), Spain (14.3%), Finland (6.8%), Slovakia (6.1%), Portugal (6.7%) and Latvia (7.1%) recorded reductions of one percentage point or more on those dates.
On the other hand, it increased 1.3 tenths in Turkey (between October 2017 and October 2018) and with less strength in Chile (five tenths between November 2017 and November 2018, up to 7.2%).
The youth unemployment rate (between 15 and 24 years) in what is known as the “club of developed countries” was established at 11.2% in December, a rise of two tenths compared to the previous month and a fall of two tenths compared to a year earlier. (EFE) .-