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The unemployment figures for countries in the UNECE region vary significantly from country to country. The following are just some examples of the huge differences in the trends.

In the five years from 2006 to 2011, Spain saw its unemployment rate soar from 8.5% to 21.7%. Greece's unemployment rate climbed from 8.9% to 17.7%, and Ireland's from 4.5% to 14.4%. By contrast, Germany's unemployment has been steadily decreasing— from 10.3% in 2006 to 5.9% in 2011. This makes Germany the country with the second lowest unemployment rate in the UNECE region after Switzerland, with 4%.

In the Russian Federation, the unemployment rate rose from 7.2 % in 2006 to 8% in 2009, but in 2011 fell to 6.6%. The United Kingdom saw an increase in unemployment from 6% to 8% between 2008 and 2009, and the rate has remained steady.

Source: UNECE Statistical Database