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Jobless Pay Around the Globe


European governments offer the highest percentage of combined unemployment pay and state benefits, while the U.S. provides the least generous compensation to dismissed workers

Norway

* Unemployment rate: 3.3

** Unemployment benefit in first year: 72%

Benefit after 12 months: 72

Spain

* Unemployment rate: 19

** Unemployment benefit in first year: 69%

Benefit after 12 months: 65

France

* Unemployment rate: 10.1

** Unemployment benefit in first year: 67%

Benefit after 12 months: 64

Germany

* Unemployment rate: 7.5

** Unemployment benefit in first year: 64%

Benefit after 12 months: 48

Canada

* Unemployment rate: 8.2

** Unemployment benefit in first year: 52%

Benefit after 12 months: 14

Turkey

* Unemployment rate: 14.5

** Unemployment benefit in first year: 46%

Benefit after 12 months: 0

Japan

* Unemployment rate: 4.9

** Unemployment benefit in first year: 45%

Benefit after 12 months: 3

South Korea

* Unemployment rate: 4.4

** Unemployment benefit in first year: 31%

Benefit after 12 months: 0

U.K.

* Unemployment rate: 8

** Unemployment benefit in first year: 28%

Benefit after 12 months: 28

U.S.

* Unemployment rate: 9.7

** Unemployment benefit in first year: 28%

Benefit after 12 months: 0***

* February 2010

** Percent of annual income

*** Under Obama Administration, benefits extended to 99 weeks for some claimants

Data: Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, U.K. Office of National Statistics, Turkey's Statistical Board


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