Youth unemployment has hit hardest in the south of Europe, but the north is not immune. Significantly, substantial numbers of young people are not in employment, education or training (known as NEET). Today’s graphic breaks down the unemployment & NEET rate for each European country.
The number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms declined 23% in August after rising for three straight months, with the government sector again leading the job cuts. Planned layoffs fell to 32,239, the lowest level since December 2010. Today’s graphic tracks overall planned layoffs and unemployment since 2008, as well as in 5 key sectors.
Around the globe, young college graduates are unable to find job in the fields they studied. Instead, many are eking out a living in the service industry. Reuters photographers captured images of this ”jobless generation.”
Moody’s has highlighted the risk to Dutch government bond credit ratings from the euro zone debt crisis and the country’s high level of mortgage debt. The country, by some measures, has the highest per capita mortgage debt of all 27 EU members at 105% of GDP. Today’s graphic looks at the Netherlands economy, using 8 charts of key economic indicators.
Today’s graphic has different maps showing unemployment and gasoline prices by state. Those figures are then added together in the bar chart showing the 5 best and 5 worst. Are you surprised by any of the states listed in this new misery index?
Although spending on veterans is up during the Obama administration, conditions for many veterans have yet to improve. Today’s graphic shows 5 different charts expressing this notion. The top chart shows the increasing Department of Veteran Affairs appropriations since WW2. The bottom four charts show different ways in which veterans are struggling. Read more in today’s Special Report.
Today’s double dose of graphics looks at Italian and Spanish rates of unemployment & inflation. Combining these two figures creates what is called the “misery index”, which is compared to that of the euro zone in the 2nd graph of each chart.
Greece’s jobless rate hit a record high in March, data showed on Thursday. ELSTAT, Greece’s statistics service, said that unemployment hit 21.9%, up from a downwardly revised 21.4% in February, with 1.075 million people out of work. Today’s graphic breaks down the unemployment rates by age brackets. Notice how unemployment is significantly higher in the youngest age group of 15 – 24 years old.