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Per Capita Income
Luxemburg has the highest per capita income ($55,100 in 2003), and East Timor has the lowest ($500 in 2001).

Americans at age 65 or older.
Today, about 13% of Americans, or 35 million people, are aged 65 and older. But between 2010 and 2030, this segment of the population is expected to swell to over 69 million, and one in five of us will be considered “elderly.” By 2050, the elderly population is projected to reach 79 million. (U.S. Census Bureau)

Deaths from HIV/AIDS
South Africa has the most people who died of AIDS (370,000 in 2003), compared to Svalbard (0 in 2001).

Teen Pregnancy
USA has the highest rate of teen pregnancy among the industrialized countries.

$17 billion spent on pet food a year in Europe and USA
According to the UN, Americans and Europeans together spend $17 billion a year on pet food, $4 billion more than the estimated yearly additional amount needed to provide everyone in the world with basic health and nutrition.

Unemployment Rate

This entry contains the percent of the labor force that is without jobs. Substantial underemployment might be noted.
Country
Unemployment rate (%)
Afghanistan 40% (2005 est.)
Albania 13% official rate, but may exceed 30% due to preponderance of near-subsistence farming (2007 est.)
Algeria 14.1% (2007 est.)
American Samoa 29.8% (2005)
Andorra 0% (1996 est.)
Angola extensive unemployment and underemployment affecting more than half the population (2001 est.)
Anguilla 8% (2002)
Antigua and Barbuda 11% (2001 est.)
Argentina 8.9% (2007 est.)
Armenia 7.4% (November 2006 est.)
Aruba 6.9% (2005 est.)
Australia 4.7% (2007 est.)
Austria 4.3% (2007 est.)
Azerbaijan 8.5% official rate (2005 est.)
Bahamas, The 7.6% (2006 est.)
Bahrain 15% (2005 est.)
Bangladesh 2.5% (includes underemployment) (2007 est.)
Barbados 10.7% (2003 est.)
Belarus 1.6% officially registered unemployed; large number of underemployed workers (2005)
Belgium 7.6% (2007 est.)
Belize 9.4% (2006)
Benin NA%
Bermuda 2.1% (2004 est.)
Bhutan 2.5% (2004)
Bolivia 8% in urban areas; widespread underemployment (2006)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 45.5% official rate; grey economy may reduce actual unemployment to 25-30% (31 December 2004 est.)
Botswana 23.8% (2004)
Brazil 9.8% (2007 est.)
British Virgin Islands 3.6% (1997)
Brunei 4% (2006)
Bulgaria 8% (2007 est.)
Burkina Faso 77%
Burma 5.2% (2007 est.)
Burundi NA%
Cambodia 2.5% (2000 est.)
Cameroon 30% (2001 est.)
Canada 6% (2007 est.)
Cape Verde 21% (2000 est.)
Cayman Islands 4.4% (2004)
Central African Republic 8% (23% for Bangui) (2001 est.)
Chad NA%
Chile 7% (2007 est.)
China 6.1% unemployment in urban areas; substantial unemployment and underemployment in rural areas (2006 est.)
Cocos (Keeling) Islands 60% (2000 est.)
Colombia 10.6% (2007 est.)
Comoros 20% (1996 est.)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the NA%
Congo, Republic of the NA%
Cook Islands 13.1% (2005)
Costa Rica 5.5% (2007 est.)
Cote d'Ivoire 13% in urban areas (1998)
Croatia 11.8% (2007 est.)
Cuba 1.9% (2007 est.)
Cyprus area under government control: 3.8% (2005 est.)
area administered by Turkish Cypriots: 5.6% (2004 est.) (2007 est.)
Czech Republic 6.6% (2007 est.)
Denmark 3.5% (2007 est.)
Djibouti 42% in urban areas, 83% in rural areas (2007 est.)
Dominica 23% (2000 est.)
Dominican Republic 15.5% (2007 est.)
Ecuador 9.8% (2007 est.)
Egypt 10.1% (2007 est.)
El Salvador 6.2% official rate; but the economy has much underemployment (2007 est.)
Equatorial Guinea 30% (1998 est.)
Eritrea NA%
Estonia 4.7% (2007 est.)
Ethiopia NA%
European Union 8.5% (2006 est.)
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) full employment; labor shortage (2001)
Faroe Islands 2.1% (2006)
Fiji 7.6% (1999)
Finland 6.6% (2007 est.)
France 8% (2007 est.)
French Polynesia 11.7% (2005)
Gabon 21% (2006 est.)
Gambia, The NA%
Gaza Strip 34.8% (2006)
Georgia 13.8% (2005 est.)
Germany 9.1%
note: this is the International Labor Organization's estimated rate for international comparisons; Germany's Federal Employment Office estimated a seasonally adjusted rate of 10.8% (2007 est.)
Ghana 20% (1997 est.)
Gibraltar 3% (2005 est.)
Greece 8.4% (2007 est.)
Greenland 9.3% (2005 est.)
Grenada 12.5% (2000)
Guam 11.4% (2002 est.)
Guatemala 3.2% (2005 est.)
Guernsey 0.9% (March 2006 est.)
Guinea NA%
Guinea-Bissau NA%
Guyana 9.1% (understated) (2000)
Haiti widespread unemployment and underemployment; more than two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs (2002 est.)
Honduras 27.8% (2007 est.)
Hong Kong 4% (2007 est.)
Hungary 7.1% (2007 est.)
Iceland 1% (2007 est.)
India 7.2% (2007 est.)
Indonesia 9.7% (2007 est.)
Iran 11% according to the Iranian government (June 2007)
Iraq 18% to 30% (2006 est.)
Ireland 5% (2007 est.)
Isle of Man 1.5% (December 2006 est.)
Israel 7.6% (2007 est.)
Italy 6.7% (2007 est.)
Jamaica 10.2% (2007 est.)
Japan 3.8% (2007 est.)
Jersey 2.2% (2006 est.)
Jordan 13.5% official rate; unofficial rate is approximately 30% (2007 est.)
Kazakhstan 7.1% (2007 est.)
Kenya 40% (2001 est.)
Kiribati 2% official rate; underemployment 70% (1992 est.)
Korea, North NA%
Korea, South 2.9% (2007 est.)
Kuwait 2.2% (2004 est.)
Kyrgyzstan 18% (2004 est.)
Laos 2.4% (2005 est.)
Latvia 5.9% (2007 est.)
Lebanon 20% (2006 est.)
Lesotho 45% (2002)
Liberia 85% (2003 est.)
Libya 30% (2004 est.)
Liechtenstein 1.3% (September 2002)
Lithuania 3.2%
note: based on survey data, official registered unemployment of 5.7% (2007 est.)
Luxembourg 4.4% (2007 est.)
Macau 4.1% (2005)
Macedonia 35% (2007 est.)
Malawi NA%
Malaysia 3.1% (2007 est.)
Maldives NEGL% (2003 est.)
Mali 14.6% (2001 est.)
Malta 6.8% (2005 est.)
Marshall Islands 30.9% (2000 est.)
Mauritania 20% (2004 est.)
Mauritius 9.2% (2007 est.)
Mayotte 25.4% (2005)
Mexico 3.7% plus underemployment of perhaps 25% (2007 est.)
Micronesia, Federated States of 22% (2000 est.)
Moldova 2.1%; note - roughly 25% of working age Moldovans are employed abroad (2007 est.)
Monaco 0% (2005)
Mongolia 3.2% (2006)
Montenegro 14.7% (2007 est.)
Montserrat 6% (1998 est.)
Morocco 15% (2007 est.)
Mozambique 21% (1997 est.)
Namibia 5.3% (2006 est.)
Nauru 90% (2004 est.)
Nepal 42% (2004 est.)
Netherlands 4.5% (2007 est.)
Netherlands Antilles 17% (2002 est.)
New Caledonia 17.1% (2004)
New Zealand 3.5% (2007 est.)
Nicaragua 5.6% plus underemployment of 46.5% (2007 est.)
Niger NA%
Nigeria 5.8% (2006 est.)
Niue 12% (2001)
Northern Mariana Islands 3.9% (2001)
Norway 2.4% (2007 est.)
Oman 15% (2004 est.)
Pakistan 7.5% plus substantial underemployment (2007 est.)
Palau 4.2% (2005 est.)
Panama 7.2% (2007 est.)
Papua New Guinea 1.9% up to 80% in urban areas (2004)
Paraguay 15.9% (2007 est.)
Peru 7.4% in metropolitan Lima; widespread underemployment (2007 est.)
Philippines 7.9% (2007 est.)
Poland 12.8% (2007 est.)
Portugal 8% (2007 est.)
Puerto Rico 12% (2002)
Qatar 0.7% (2007 est.)
Romania 4.5% (2007 est.)
Russia 5.9% (November 2007 est.)
Rwanda NA%
Saint Helena 14% (1998 est.)
Saint Kitts and Nevis 4.5% (1997)
Saint Lucia 20% (2003 est.)
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 10.3% (1999)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 15% (2001 est.)
Samoa NA%
San Marino 3.8% (2004)
Sao Tome and Principe NA%
Saudi Arabia 13% among Saudi males only (local bank estimate; some estimates range as high as 25%) (2004 est.)
Senegal 48%; note - urban youth 40% (2001 est.)
Serbia 18.8%
note: unemployment is approximately 50% in Kosovo (2007 est.)
Seychelles NA%
Sierra Leone NA%
Singapore 2.6% (2007 est.)
Slovakia 8.6% (2007 est.)
Slovenia 7.8% (2007 est.)
Solomon Islands NA%
Somalia NA%
South Africa 24.2% (2007 est.)
Spain 7.6% (2007 est.)
Sri Lanka 6.3% (2007 est.)
Sudan 18.7% (2002 est.)
Suriname 9.5% (2004)
Swaziland 40% (2006 est.)
Sweden 4.5% (2007 est.)
Switzerland 3.1% (2007 est.)
Syria 10% (2007 est.)
Taiwan 3.9% (2007 est.)
Tajikistan 12% (2004 est.)
Tanzania NA%
Thailand 1.7% (2007 est.)
Timor-Leste 50% estimated; note - unemployment in urban areas reached 20%; data do not include underemployed (2001 est.)
Togo NA%
Tokelau NA%
Tonga 13% (FY03/04 est.)
Trinidad and Tobago 6.5% (2007 est.)
Tunisia 13.9% (2007 est.)
Turkey 9.7% plus underemployment of 4% (2007 est.)
Turkmenistan 60% (2004 est.)
Turks and Caicos Islands 10% (1997 est.)
Tuvalu NA%
Uganda NA%
Ukraine 2.5% officially registered; large number of unregistered or underemployed workers; the International Labor Organization calculates that Ukraine's real unemployment level is nearly 7% (2007 est.)
United Arab Emirates 2.4% (2001)
United Kingdom 5.4% (2007 est.)
United States 4.6% (2007 est.)
Uruguay 10.3% (2007 est.)
Uzbekistan 0.8% officially by the Ministry of Labor, plus another 20% underemployed (2007 est.)
Vanuatu 1.7% (1999)
Venezuela 9.1% (2007 est.)
Vietnam 4.2% (2007 est.)
Virgin Islands 6.2% (2004)
Wallis and Futuna 15.2% (2003)
West Bank 18.6% (2006)
Western Sahara NA%
World 30% combined unemployment and underemployment in many non-industrialized countries; developed countries typically 4%-12% unemployment (2007 est.)
Yemen 35% (2003 est.)
Zambia 50% (2000 est.)
Zimbabwe 80% (2005 est.)

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