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Methodology - Unemployment Rate

The average unemployment rate is 9.8% with a standard deviation of 7.3%. The lowest rate is 0.4% (Uzbekistan) while the highest one is 39.3% (Lesotho).


For countries above the mean the points for the score-bar are calculated as follows:

With the calculated mean and standard deviation an assumed normal distribution has been calculated. The probability of a value equals the minus-points, i.e. a probability of 67% equals 33 points (100 - 67).


For countries below the mean the points for the score-bar are calculated as follows:

As an unemployment rate of 0% reflects the absolute minimum this value should be 100 points. The average unemployment rate should equal 50 points. This means that for every 0.2% unemployment rate a minus-point is given. This method has been chosen as otherwise a country with 0% unemployment rate would just get about 91 points when applying the assumed normal distribution method. This would not reflect the good performance of the country in that area.



United Nations:  last update 1 August 2006


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