The percentage of individuals in the labor force who are without a job but actively seeking one. A higher Unemployment Rate is generally a drain on the economy. Not only does it mean that resources are not being fully utilized, but it also results in lower consumer spending as there are fewer workers receiving paychecks.
Note: The unemployment rate generally moves slowly, so changes of only a few tenths of a percent are still considered significant. Also note that the unemployment rate does not account for discouraged workers. Therefore, in an economically depressed environment, such as that which occurred in Cold War era East Germany , the Unemployment Rate may not accurately reflect the extent of problems.
Relevance: Rarely affects markets
Release schedule : 7.55 (GMT); irregular release schedule, mostly monthly
Source of report : Federal Statistical Office Germany
Web Address : http://www.destatis.de/e_home.htm
Address of release : http://www.destatis.de/indicators/e/arb420ae.htm
AKA : Employment Situation, UE Rate, ILO labor market statistics
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