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International comparisons data.

51. Unemployment rates, approximating U.S. concepts, 10 countries,
seasonally adjusted
[Percent]

                                           2006

Country            2006   2007     I     II    III    IV

United States       4.6    4.6    4.7    4.7    4.7   4.4
Canada              5.5    5.3    5.7    5.4    5.6   5.4
Australia           4.8    4.4    5.0    4.9    4.7   4.5
Japan               4.2    3.9    4.2    4.2    4.2   4.1
France              9.5    8.6    9.8    9.7    9.5   9.2
Germany            10.4    8.7   11.1   10.6   10.1   9.6
Italy               6.9    6.1    7.3    6.9    6.7   6.4
Netherlands         3.9    3.2    4.3    3.9    3.8   3.8
Sweden              7.0    6.1    7.3    7.3    6.7   6.5
United Kingdom      5.5    5.4    5.3    5.5    5.6   5.5

                              2007             2008

Country             I      II    III     IV      I

United States       4.5    4.5    4.7    4.8    4.9
Canada              5.4    5.3    5.2    5.2    5.2
Australia           4.5    4.3    4.3    4.3    4.1
Japan               4.0    3.8    3.8    3.9    3.9
France              9.0    8.8    8.5    8.2    8.1
Germany             9.3    8.9    8.5    8.2    7.7
Italy               6.3    6.1    6.0    6.0     --
Netherlands         3.6    3.2    3.0    3.0     --
Sweden              6.4    6.1    5.8    5.9    5.8
United Kingdom      5.5    5.4    5.4    5.2     --

NOTE: Dash indicates data not available.

Quarterly figures for France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands
are calculated by applying annual adjustment factors to current
published data and therefore should be viewed as less precise
indicators of unemployment under U.S. concepts than the annual
figures. Quarterly figures for Sweden are BLS seasonally adjusted
estimates derived from Swedish not seasonally adjusted data.

For further qualifications and historical annual data, see the BLS
report Comparative Civilian Labor Force Statistics, 10 Countries
(on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov.bls/fls/fflscomparelf.htm).
For monthly unemployment rates, as well as the quarterly and annual
rates published in this table, see the BLS report Unemployment
rates in 10 countries, civilian labor force basis, approximating
U.S. concepts, seasonally adjusted (on the Internet at
http://www.bls.gov/fls/flsjec.pdf). Unemployment rates may differ
between the two reports mentioned, because the former is updated
semi-annually, whereas the latter is updated monthly and reflects
the most recent revisions in source data.

52. Annual data: employment status of the working-age population,
approximating U.S. concepts, 10 countries
[Numbers in thousands]

 Employment status and country     1997     1998     1999     2000

      Civilian labor force

United States                     136,297  137,673  139,368  142,583
Canada                             14,884   15,135   15,403   15,637
Australia                           9,204    9,339    9,414    9,590
Japan                              67,200   67,240   67,090   66,990
France                             25,116   25,434   25,791   26,099
Germany                            39,415   39,752   39,375   39,302
Italy                              22,753   23,004   23,176   23,361
Netherlands                         7,612    7,744    7,881    8,052
Sweden                              4,414    4,401    4,423    4,482
United Kingdom                     28,401   28,474   28,777   28,952

     Participation rate (1)

United States                        67.1     67.1     67.1     67.1
Canada                               65.1     65.4     65.9     66.0
Australia                            64.3     64.3     64.0     64.4
Japan                                63.2     62.8     62.4     62.0
France                               55.6     56.0     56.3     56.6
Germany                              57.3     57.7     56.9     56.7
Italy                                47.3     47.7     47.9     48.1
Netherlands                          61.1     61.8     62.5     63.4
Sweden                               63.2     62.8     62.7     63.7
United Kingdom                       62.5     62.5     62.8     62.9

            Employed

United States                     129,558  131,463  133,488  136,891
Canada                             13,637   13,973   14,331   14,681
Australia                           8,444    8,618    8,762    8,989
Japan                              64,900   64,450   63,920   63,790
France                             22,176   22,597   23,080   23,714
Germany                            35,508   36,059   36,042   36,236
Italy                              20,169   20,370   20,617   20,973
Netherlands                         7,189    7,408    7,605    7,813
Sweden                              3,969    4,033    4,110    4,222
United Kingdom                     26,413   26,686   27,051   27,368

Employment-population ratio (2)

United States                        63.8     64.1     64.3     64.4
Canada                               59.6     60.4     61.3     62.0
Australia                            59.0     59.3     59.6     60.3
Japan                                61.0     60.2     59.4     59.0
France                               49.1     49.7     50.4     51.4
Germany                              51.6     52.3     52.1     52.2
Italy                                41.9     42.2     42.6     43.2
Netherlands                          57.7     59.1     60.3     61.5
Sweden                               56.8     57.6     58.3     60.0
United Kingdom                       58.2     58.5     59.1     59.4

           Unemployed

United States                       6,739    6,210    5,880    5,692
Canada                              1,248    1,162    1,072      956
Australia                             759      721      652      602
Japan                               2,300    2,790    3,170    3,200
France                              2,940    2,837    2,711    2,385
Germany                             3,907    3,693    3,333    3,065
Italy                               2,584    2,634    2,559    2,388
Netherlands                           423      337      277      239
Sweden                                445      368      313      260
United Kingdom                      1,987    1,788    1,726    1,584

       Unemployment rate

United States                         4.9      4.5      4.2      4.0
Canada                                8.4      7.7      7.0      6.1
Australia                             8.3      7.7      6.9      6.3
Japan                                 3.4      4.1      4.7      4.8
France                               11.7     11.2     10.5      9.1
Germany                               9.9      9.3      8.5      7.8
Italy                                11.4     11.5     11.0     10.2
Netherlands                           5.6      4.4      3.5      3.0
Sweden                               10.1      8.4      7.1      5.8
United Kingdom                        7.0      6.3      6.0      5.5

 Employment status and country     2001     2002     2003     2004

      Civilian labor force

United States                     143,734  144,863  146,510  147,401
Canada                             15,891   16,366   16,733   16,955
Australia                           9,744    9,893   10,079   10,221
Japan                              66,860   66,240   66,010   65,770
France                             26,393   26,646   26,851   26,937
Germany                            39,459   39,413   39,276   39,711
Italy                              23,524   23,728   24,020   24,084
Netherlands                         8,199    8,345    8,379    8,439
Sweden                              4,522    4,537    4,557    4,571
United Kingdom                     29,085   29,337   29,559   29,791

     Participation rate (1)

United States                        66.8     66.6     66.2     66.0
Canada                               66.1     67.1     67.7     67.7
Australia                            64.4     64.3     64.6     64.6
Japan                                61.6     60.8     60.3     60.0
France                               56.7     56.8     56.8     56.6
Germany                              56.7     56.4     56.0     56.4
Italy                                48.3     48.5     49.1     49.1
Netherlands                          64.0     64.7     64.6     64.8
Sweden                               63.6     63.9     63.8     63.6
United Kingdom                       62.7     62.9     63.0     63.0

            Employed

United States                     136,933  136,485  137,736  139,252
Canada                             14,866   15,223   15,586   15,861
Australia                           9,086    9,264    9,480    9,668
Japan                              63,460   62,650   62,510   62,640
France                             24,167   24,312   24,373   24,354
Germany                            36,350   36,018   35,615   35,604
Italy                              21,359   21,666   21,972   22,124
Netherlands                         8,014    8,114    8,069    8,052
Sweden                              4,295    4,303    4,293    4,271
United Kingdom                     27,599   27,813   28,075   28,372

Employment-population ratio (2)

United States                        63.7     62.7     62.3     62.3
Canada                               61.9     62.4     63.1     63.3
Australia                            60.0     60.2     60.7     61.1
Japan                                58.4     57.5     57.1     57.1
France                               51.9     51.8     51.5     51.1
Germany                              52.2     51.5     50.8     50.6
Italy                                43.8     44.3     44.9     45.1
Netherlands                          62.6     62.9     62.2     61.8
Sweden                               60.4     60.6     60.1     59.4
United Kingdom                       59.5     59.6     59.8     60.0

           Unemployed

United States                       6,801    8,378    8,774    8,149
Canada                              1,026    1,143    1,147    1,093
Australia                             658      629      599      553
Japan                               3,400    3,590    3,500    3,130
France                              2,226    2,334    2,478    2,583
Germany                             3,110    3,396    3,661    4,107
Italy                               2,164    2,062    2,048    1,960
Netherlands                           186      231      310      387
Sweden                                227      234      264      300
United Kingdom                      1,486    1,524    1,484    1,419

       Unemployment rate

United States                         4.7      5.8      6.0      5.5
Canada                                6.5      7.0      6.9      6.4
Australia                             6.8      6.4      5.9      5.4
Japan                                 5.1      5.4      5.3      4.8
France                                8.4      8.8      9.2      9.6
Germany                               7.9      8.6      9.3     10.3
Italy                                 9.2      8.7      8.5      8.1
Netherlands                           2.3      2.8      3.7      4.6
Sweden                                5.0      5.2      5.8      6.6
United Kingdom                        5.1      5.2      5.0      4.8

 Employment status and country     2005     2006     2007

      Civilian labor force

United States                     149,320  151,428  153,124
Canada                             17,108   17,351   17,696
Australia                          10,506   10,699   10,948
Japan                              65,850   65,960   66,080
France                             27,092   27,322   27,509
Germany                            40,760   41,250       --
Italy                              24,179   24,395   24,459
Netherlands                         8,459    8,541    8,686
Sweden                              4,694    4,748    4,823
United Kingdom                     30,126   30,586   30,774

     Participation rate (1)

United States                        66.0     66.2     66.0
Canada                               67.4     67.4     67.7
Australia                            65.3     65.6     66.0
Japan                                60.0     60.0     60.0
France                               56.5     56.6     56.7
Germany                              57.6     58.2       --
Italy                                48.7     48.9     48.6
Netherlands                          64.7     65.1     65.9
Sweden                               64.8     65.0     65.3
United Kingdom                       63.1     63.5     63.4

            Employed

United States                     141,730  144,427  146,047
Canada                             16,080   16,393   16,767
Australia                           9,975   10,186   10,470
Japan                              62,910   63,210   63,510
France                             24,493   24,717   25,135
Germany                            36,185   36,978       --
Italy                              22,290   22,721   22,953
Netherlands                         8,056    8,205    8,408
Sweden                              4,334    4,416    4,530
United Kingdom                     28,665   28,917   29,120

Employment-population ratio (2)

United States                        62.7     63.1     63.0
Canada                               63.4     63.6     64.2
Australia                            62.0     62.5     63.1
Japan                                57.3     57.5     57.6
France                               51.1     51.2     51.8
Germany                              51.2     52.2       --
Italy                                44.9     45.5     45.6
Netherlands                          61.6     62.5     63.8
Sweden                               59.9     60.4     61.3
United Kingdom                       60.1     60.1     60.0

           Unemployed

United States                       7,591    7,001    7,078
Canada                              1,028      958      929
Australia                             531      512      478
Japan                               2,940    2,750    2,570
France                              2,599    2,605    2,374
Germany                             4,575    4,272       --
Italy                               1,889    1,673    1,506
Netherlands                           402      336      278
Sweden                                361      332      293
United Kingdom                      1,462    1,669    1,654

       Unemployment rate

United States                         5.1      4.6      4.6
Canada                                6.0      5.5      5.3
Australia                             5.1      4.8      4.4
Japan                                 4.5      4.2      3.9
France                                9.6      9.5      8.6
Germany                              11.2     10.4      8.7
Italy                                 7.8      6.9      6.2
Netherlands                           4.8      3.9      3.2
Sweden                                7.7      7.0      6.1
United Kingdom                        4.9      5.5      5.4

(1) Labor force as a percent of the working-age population.

(2) Employment as a percent of the working-age population.

NOTE: Dash indicates data not available.

There are breaks in series for the United States (1998, 1999, 2000,
2003, 2004), Australia (2001), Germany (1999, 2005), the
Netherlands (2000), and Sweden (2005). For further qualifications
and historical annual data, see the BLS report Comparative Civilian
Labor Force Statistics, 10 Countries (on the Internet at
http://www.bls.gov/fls/flscomparelf.htm). Unemployment rates may
differ from those in the BLS report Unemployment rates in 10
countries, civilian labor force basis, approximating U.S. concepts,
seasonally adjusted (on the Internet at
http://www.bls.gov/fls/flsjec.pdf), because the former is updated
semi-annually, whereas the latter is updated monthly and reflects
the most recent revisions in source

53. Annual indexes of manufacturing productivity and related
measures, 16 economies
[1992 = 100]

   Measure and economy       1980     1990     1993     1994

     Output per hour

United States                 68.4     93.5    102.8    108.2
Canada                        74.0     94.7    104.5    110.4
Australia                     68.5     92.4    104.5    107.0
Japan                         63.6     94.4    101.7    103.3
Korea                           --     82.7    108.3    118.1
Taiwan                        49.1     89.8    101.3    105.2
Belgium                       65.4     96.8    102.5    107.9
Denmark                       82.0     98.5    100.3    112.7
France                        66.0     95.3    101.8    109.5
Germany                       77.2     99.0    101.0    108.5
Italy                         75.3     97.3    102.8    107.6
Netherlands                   70.8     98.0    103.7    113.3
Norway                        78.5     98.3     99.9     99.9
Spain                         67.3     93.1    101.8    104.9
Sweden                        78.3     96.4    107.8    118.9
United Kingdom                57.3     90.1    104.1    106.7

         Output

United States                 73.6     98.2    104.2    112.2
Canada                        85.6    106.7    105.4    113.5
Australia                     89.8    104.2    103.8    109.1
Japan                         60.8     97.1     96.3     94.9
Korea                         28.6     88.1    105.1    117.1
Taiwan                        45.4     91.0    100.9    106.9
Belgium                       78.2    101.0     97.0    101.4
Denmark                       92.0    101.7     97.0    107.5
France                        88.3    100.5     96.6    100.7
Germany                       85.3     99.1     92.0     94.9
Italy                         81.0    100.5     97.6    104.1
Netherlands                   77.7     98.3     99.4    104.7
Norway                       105.7    101.7    102.0    104.7
Spain                         78.6     98.4     96.1     97.8
Sweden                        92.4    110.7    102.0    117.8
United Kingdom                87.3    105.3    101.4    106.2

       Total hours

United States                107.6    104.9    101.3    103.7
Canada                       115.8    112.6    100.9    102.8
Australia                    131.1    112.7     99.3    102.0
Japan                         95.5    102.9     94.7     91.9
Korea                           --    106.4     97.1     99.2
Taiwan                        92.4    101.4     99.6    101.7
Belgium                      119.7    104.3     94.7     94.0
Denmark                      112.1    103.3     96.8     95.4
France                       133.8    105.5     94.8     91.9
Germany                      110.5    100.1     91.1     87.5
Italy                        107.6    103.3     95.0     96.8
Netherlands                  109.8    100.4     95.9     92.5
Norway                       134.7    103.4    102.1    104.8
Spain                        116.7    105.7     94.4     93.2
Sweden                       118.0    114.8     94.7     99.1
United Kingdom               152.3    116.9     97.4     99.5

   Hourly compensation
(national currency basis)

United States                 55.9     90.5    102.0    105.3
Canada                        47.4     89.2    101.2    104.1
Australia                       --     87.5    105.2    106.1
Japan                         58.6     90.6    102.7    104.7
Korea                           --     68.0    115.9    133.1
Taiwan                        29.6     85.2    105.9    111.1
Belgium                       52.5     90.1    104.8    105.6
Denmark                       44.5     93.6    102.4    106.0
France                        36.7     88.5    104.3    108.0
Germany                       53.6     89.4    106.2    111.0
Italy                         30.6     87.7    105.7    107.3
Netherlands                   59.8     89.8    104.4    108.9
Norway                        39.0     92.3    101.5    104.5
Spain                         28.0     79.9    109.4    113.4
Sweden                        37.4     87.9     97.4     99.9
United Kingdom                35.8     88.7    104.5    107.0

    Unit labor costs
(national currency basis)

United States                 81.8     96.7     99.2     97.3
Canada                        64.1     94.2     96.9     94.3
Australia                       --     94.6    100.6     99.2
Japan                         92.1     95.9    101.0    101.4
Korea                         44.4     82.1    107.0    112.7
Taiwan                        60.3     94.9    104.6    105.6
Belgium                       80.3     93.0    102.3     97.9
Denmark                       54.3     95.0    102.2     94.1
France                        55.6     92.8    102.4     98.6
Germany                       69.4     90.3    105.2    102.4
Italy                         40.7     90.2    102.9     99.8
Netherlands                   84.5     91.7    100.7     96.2
Norway                        49.7     93.9    101.6    104.6
Spain                         41.5     85.8    107.4    108.1
Sweden                        47.7     91.2     90.4     84.0
United Kingdom                62.4     98.5    100.4    100.2

    Unit labor costs
   (U.S. dollar basis)

United States                 81.8     96.7     99.2     97.3
Canada                        66.3     97.5     90.7     83.4
Australia                       --    100.5     93.0     98.7
Japan                         51.5     83.9    115.3    125.8
Korea                         57.3     90.7    104.2    109.6
Taiwan                        42.1     88.7     99.6    100.4
Belgium                       88.3     89.5     95.1     94.2
Denmark                       58.1     92.7     95.1     89.4
France                        69.6     90.2     95.7     94.1
Germany                       59.6     87.3     99.3     98.6
Italy                         58.5     92.7     80.6     76.3
Netherlands                   74.8     88.5     95.2     93.0
Norway                        62.6     93.3     88.9     92.1
Spain                         59.3     86.2     86.3     82.6
Sweden                        65.7     89.7     67.5     63.4
United Kingdom                82.2     99.5     85.3     86.9

   Measure and economy       1995     1996     1997     1998

     Output per hour

United States                112.3    116.7    121.7    130.1
Canada                       111.7    111.2    116.3    121.8
Australia                    106.4    112.3    115.4    118.5
Japan                        111.0    116.1    120.2    121.3
Korea                        129.7    142.6    160.8    179.3
Taiwan                       112.9    121.5    126.5    132.7
Belgium                      112.7    114.3    125.5    127.1
Denmark                      112.7    109.0    117.7    117.1
France                       114.9    115.5    122.3    128.7
Germany                      110.2    113.3    119.9    120.4
Italy                        111.1    112.5    113.3    112.5
Netherlands                  117.7    120.3    120.7    124.2
Norway                        98.7    101.6    101.8     99.2
Spain                        108.6    107.2    108.3    110.2
Sweden                       126.3    130.5    142.4    150.8
United Kingdom               105.0    104.1    105.1    106.4

         Output

United States                117.3    121.6    129.0    137.7
Canada                       118.7    120.3    127.8    134.3
Australia                    108.5    111.9    114.5    117.8
Japan                         98.9    103.0    105.6    100.1
Korea                        130.8    139.2    146.0    134.5
Taiwan                       112.7    118.7    125.5    129.5
Belgium                      104.2    104.6    113.2    115.1
Denmark                      112.7    107.5    116.3    117.2
France                       105.2    105.2    110.1    115.4
Germany                       94.0     92.0     96.1     97.2
Italy                        109.1    107.8    109.6    109.9
Netherlands                  108.6    110.2    111.7    115.5
Norway                       105.2    109.4    114.1    113.3
Spain                        101.5    104.0    110.7    117.4
Sweden                       133.3    137.7    148.4    160.7
United Kingdom               107.9    108.6    110.6    111.3

       Total hours

United States                104.4    104.2    106.0    105.8
Canada                       106.3    108.1    109.9    110.2
Australia                    101.9     99.7     99.2     99.4
Japan                         89.1     88.8     87.9     82.5
Korea                        100.9     97.6     90.8     75.0
Taiwan                        99.8     97.7     99.2     97.6
Belgium                       92.4     91.5     90.2     90.5
Denmark                      100.0     98.6     98.8    100.1
France                        91.6     91.0     90.1     89.7
Germany                       85.3     81.3     80.1     80.8
Italy                         98.2     95.8     96.7     97.7
Netherlands                   92.3     91.6     92.6     93.0
Norway                       106.6    107.7    112.1    114.2
Spain                         93.5     97.0    102.2    106.5
Sweden                       105.6    105.6    104.3    106.5
United Kingdom               102.7    104.4    105.2    104.6

   Hourly compensation
(national currency basis)

United States                107.3    109.3    112.2    118.7
Canada                       106.6    108.2    110.9    116.6
Australia                    113.5    121.7    126.0    128.4
Japan                        108.3    109.1    112.7    115.5
Korea                        161.6    188.1    204.5    222.7
Taiwan                       120.2    128.2    132.1    137.1
Belgium                      108.6    110.6    114.7    116.5
Denmark                      108.2    112.6    116.5    119.6
France                       110.7    112.5    116.3    117.2
Germany                      117.0    122.5    124.9    126.7
Italy                        112.0    120.0    124.1    123.3
Netherlands                  111.8    113.8    116.4    121.4
Norway                       109.2    113.8    118.8    125.8
Spain                        118.3    121.1    124.0    124.9
Sweden                       105.3    113.5    119.6    124.2
United Kingdom               108.9    108.7    112.3    121.2

    Unit labor costs
(national currency basis)

United States                 95.5     93.7     92.2     91.2
Canada                        95.4     97.3     95.4     95.7
Australia                    106.6    108.4    109.2    108.4
Japan                         97.6     94.0     93.8     95.2
Korea                        124.6    131.9    127.1    124.2
Taiwan                       106.5    105.5    104.5    103.4
Belgium                       96.4     96.8     91.4     91.6
Denmark                       96.0    103.3     98.9    102.1
France                        96.3     97.4     95.0     91.0
Germany                      106.2    108.2    104.2    105.2
Italy                        100.8    106.6    109.5    109.6
Netherlands                   95.0     94.6     96.5     97.7
Norway                       110.7    112.0    116.7    126.7
Spain                        108.9    112.9    114.5    113.4
Sweden                        83.4     87.0     84.0     82.3
United Kingdom               103.7    104.4    106.8    113.9

    Unit labor costs
   (U.S. dollar basis)

United States                 95.5     93.7     92.2     91.2
Canada                        84.0     86.3     83.2     77.9
Australia                    107.4    115.4    110.4     92.7
Japan                        131.7    109.5     98.3     92.2
Korea                        126.5    128.6    105.3     69.6
Taiwan                       101.1     96.7     91.3     77.5
Belgium                      105.2    100.4     82.1     81.1
Denmark                      103.5    107.6     90.4     92.0
France                       102.2    100.7     86.2     81.7
Germany                      115.8    112.3     93.8     93.4
Italy                         76.2     85.2     79.2     77.7
Netherlands                  104.1     98.6     86.9     86.6
Norway                       108.6    107.7    102.3    104.3
Spain                         89.5     91.3     80.0     77.7
Sweden                        68.0     75.6     64.0     60.3
United Kingdom                92.7     92.3     99.0    106.9

   Measure and economy       1999     2000     2001     2002

     Output per hour

United States                136.7    147.1    148.6    164.4
Canada                       127.0    134.7    131.8    134.1
Australia                    119.7    128.1    131.4    137.1
Japan                        124.5    131.2    128.4    133.1
Korea                        199.4    216.4    214.8    235.8
Taiwan                       140.9    148.4    155.1    169.0
Belgium                      125.9    130.5    131.8    136.2
Denmark                      119.0    123.2    123.4    124.2
France                       134.4    143.7    146.0    152.0
Germany                      123.4    132.0    135.4    136.7
Italy                        112.5    116.1    116.6    114.8
Netherlands                  129.3    138.6    139.2    143.5
Norway                       102.7    105.9    108.8    111.9
Spain                        112.1    113.2    115.8    116.3
Sweden                       164.7    175.9    170.9    189.6
United Kingdom               111.6    117.2    122.2    125.7

         Output

United States                143.7    152.7    144.2    148.2
Canada                       145.5    160.1    153.9    155.2
Australia                    117.5    123.1    121.9    127.8
Japan                         99.7    104.9     99.1     97.6
Korea                        163.7    191.5    195.7    210.5
Taiwan                       139.0    149.2    138.1    150.4
Belgium                      115.2    120.1    120.1    119.2
Denmark                      118.2    122.5    122.5    119.0
France                       119.3    124.8    126.0    125.9
Germany                       98.2    104.8    106.6    104.4
Italy                        109.6    112.9    111.8    110.4
Netherlands                  119.8    127.8    127.6    127.7
Norway                       113.2    112.6    111.8    111.2
Spain                        124.1    129.6    133.7    133.5
Sweden                       175.8    190.2    185.8    197.5
United Kingdom               112.3    115.0    113.5    110.5

       Total hours

United States                105.1    103.8     97.0     90.1
Canada                       114.5    118.9    116.7    115.8
Australia                     98.2     96.0     92.8     93.2
Japan                         80.0     80.0     77.2     73.3
Korea                         82.1     88.5     91.1     89.3
Taiwan                        98.7    100.5     89.0     89.0
Belgium                       91.5     92.1     91.2     87.5
Denmark                       99.4     99.4     99.3     95.8
France                        88.7     86.8     86.3     82.8
Germany                       79.6     79.4     78.7     76.4
Italy                         97.4     97.2     95.9     96.2
Netherlands                   92.7     92.2     91.7     89.0
Norway                       110.3    106.4    102.7     99.3
Spain                        110.7    114.4    115.4    114.8
Sweden                       106.7    108.1    108.7    104.2
United Kingdom               100.6     98.1     92.9     88.0

   Hourly compensation
(national currency basis)

United States                123.4    134.7    137.8    147.8
Canada                       119.0    123.0    126.3    130.5
Australia                    132.9    140.2    149.2    156.0
Japan                        115.4    114.7    116.2    117.0
Korea                        223.9    239.1    246.7    271.6
Taiwan                       139.6    142.3    151.4    146.7
Belgium                      118.0    120.1    126.4    131.9
Denmark                      122.6    125.0    130.9    136.5
France                       121.0    127.0    130.6    136.9
Germany                      129.6    136.3    140.6    144.0
Italy                        125.6    128.7    134.0    137.5
Netherlands                  125.7    132.1    138.1    146.1
Norway                       133.0    140.5    148.9    157.9
Spain                        124.7    126.6    131.6    135.4
Sweden                       128.1    133.0    139.4    146.9
United Kingdom               128.3    133.8    140.7    149.0

    Unit labor costs
(national currency basis)

United States                 90.3     91.6     92.7     89.9
Canada                        93.7     91.3     95.8     97.4
Australia                    111.0    109.4    113.6    113.8
Japan                         92.7     87.4     90.5     87.9
Korea                        112.3    110.5    114.8    115.2
Taiwan                        99.1     95.9     97.6     86.8
Belgium                       93.7     92.0     95.9     96.9
Denmark                      103.0    101.4    106.1    109.9
France                        90.0     88.4     89.4     90.1
Germany                      105.1    103.3    103.8    105.3
Italy                        111.7    110.9    114.9    119.8
Netherlands                   97.3     95.3     99.2    101.8
Norway                       129.5    132.7    136.8    141.0
Spain                        111.2    111.8    113.6    116.4
Sweden                        77.7     75.6     81.6     77.5
United Kingdom               115.0    114.2    115.1    118.6

    Unit labor costs
   (U.S. dollar basis)

United States                 90.3     91.6     92.7     89.9
Canada                        76.2     74.3     74.8     74.9
Australia                     97.5     86.5     79.8     84.1
Japan                        103.3    102.8     94.3     89.0
Korea                         74.0     76.7     69.7     72.3
Taiwan                        77.2     77.2     72.6     63.2
Belgium                       79.6     67.7     68.4     73.0
Denmark                       89.0     75.6     76.9     84.2
France                        77.4     65.8     64.6     68.7
Germany                       89.4     76.2     74.2     79.5
Italy                         75.7     65.1     65.5     72.1
Netherlands                   82.7     70.2     70.9     76.8
Norway                       103.1     93.6     94.5    109.8
Spain                         72.9     63.5     62.6     67.7
Sweden                        54.7     48.0     46.0     46.4
United Kingdom               105.3     98.0     93.8    100.9

   Measure and economy       2003     2004     2005     2006

     Output per hour

United States                174.8    185.3    189.4    193.2
Canada                       134.4    136.5    141.7    141.6
Australia                    140.1    142.3    143.7    144.1
Japan                        142.2    152.1    162.0    165.1
Korea                        252.2    281.2    300.4    332.7
Taiwan                       174.5    183.2    196.5    209.9
Belgium                      139.5    145.8    150.3    153.6
Denmark                      129.3    136.8    138.3    145.4
France                       158.7    162.3    169.2    175.4
Germany                      141.6    146.8    152.3    163.1
Italy                        112.1    110.4    110.3    111.8
Netherlands                  146.5    156.3    161.7    166.8
Norway                       121.6    128.8    133.3    137.7
Spain                        119.2    121.4    123.3    126.6
Sweden                       205.0    226.8    241.0    255.2
United Kingdom               132.1    140.0    145.0    151.5

         Output

United States                149.9    158.2    159.8    164.5
Canada                       154.0    157.5    160.1    158.5
Australia                    130.1    130.1    130.3    128.7
Japan                        102.8    108.8    114.4    119.4
Korea                        222.2    246.8    264.3    286.5
Taiwan                       158.4    173.8    185.3    198.7
Belgium                      117.6    121.9    121.6    124.9
Denmark                      115.7    117.5    113.8    120.0
France                       128.3    129.4    131.2    133.2
Germany                      105.1    108.9    110.4    116.9
Italy                        107.8    106.4    103.7    107.6
Netherlands                  126.2    130.6    130.6    133.7
Norway                       114.9    121.4    126.8    132.4
Spain                        135.2    136.0    137.4    141.3
Sweden                       207.1    226.2    236.6    248.8
United Kingdom               110.7    113.0    111.6    113.2

       Total hours

United States                 85.7     85.4     84.4     85.1
Canada                       114.6    115.4    112.9    112.0
Australia                     92.8     91.4     90.7     89.3
Japan                         72.3     71.5     70.6     72.3
Korea                         88.1     87.8     88.0     86.1
Taiwan                        90.8     94.9     94.3     94.6
Belgium                       84.3     83.6     80.9     81.3
Denmark                       89.5     85.9     82.3     82.5
France                        80.8     79.7     77.5     75.9
Germany                       74.3     74.2     72.5     71.7
Italy                         96.1     96.4     94.1     96.2
Netherlands                   86.2     83.5     80.8     80.2
Norway                        94.4     94.2     95.1     96.1
Spain                        113.4    112.1    111.5    111.6
Sweden                       101.1     99.7     98.2     97.5
United Kingdom                83.8     80.7     77.0     74.7

   Hourly compensation
(national currency basis)

United States                158.2    161.5    168.3    172.4
Canada                       135.8    139.8    146.6    149.4
Australia                    162.7    171.7    182.2    192.7
Japan                        114.5    115.5    116.5    114.9
Korea                        285.0    325.5    351.5    375.5
Taiwan                       149.1    151.6    158.2    161.5
Belgium                      135.8    138.7    143.5    146.5
Denmark                      145.7    151.3    161.7    166.7
France                       141.0    144.6    143.7    147.5
Germany                      147.2    148.0    149.8    155.9
Italy                        141.6    145.7    150.2    152.9
Netherlands                  151.9    158.1    161.3    165.8
Norway                       164.3    169.7    177.7    185.8
Spain                        142.2    147.1    152.8    157.4
Sweden                       153.5    157.6    163.0    169.2
United Kingdom               156.9    165.1    172.3    184.2

    Unit labor costs
(national currency basis)

United States                 90.5     87.2     88.9     89.3
Canada                       101.0    102.4    103.4    105.5
Australia                    116.1    120.7    126.8    133.7
Japan                         80.5     76.0     71.9     69.6
Korea                        113.0    115.8    117.0    112.8
Taiwan                        85.5     82.7     80.5     76.9
Belgium                       97.3     95.1     95.5     95.4
Denmark                      112.7    110.6    116.9    114.6
France                        88.9     89.1     85.0     84.1
Germany                      104.0    100.8     98.3     95.6
Italy                        126.3    132.0    136.2    136.7
Netherlands                  103.7    101.2     99.8     99.4
Norway                       135.1    131.7    133.3    134.9
Spain                        119.3    121.2    124.0    124.3
Sweden                        74.9     69.5     67.7     66.3
United Kingdom               118.8    117.9    118.8    121.6

    Unit labor costs
   (U.S. dollar basis)

United States                 90.5     87.2     88.9     89.3
Canada                        87.2     95.1    103.2    112.4
Australia                    103.0    120.9    131.5    137.0
Japan                         88.0     89.0     82.8     75.8
Korea                         74.4     79.3     89.7     92.8
Taiwan                        62.5     62.4     63.0     59.5
Belgium                       87.8     94.3     94.7     95.5
Denmark                      103.4    111.5    117.7    116.5
France                        81.2     89.5     85.4     85.3
Germany                       94.0    100.1     97.8     95.9
Italy                         91.0    104.5    107.9    109.3
Netherlands                   93.7    100.4     99.1     99.7
Norway                       118.6    121.4    128.6    130.8
Spain                         83.1     92.8     95.0     96.1
Sweden                        54.0     55.1     52.8     52.4
United Kingdom               109.9    122.4    122.5    126.9

NOTE: Data for Germany for years before 1993 are for the former
West Germany. Data for 1993 onward are for unified Germany.
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