How Long Does it Take to Find a Job?

Average Duration of Unemployment (months), 2014 or latest
Labour | December 2, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 13 countries in 2014, Slovakia ranked the highest in Average Duration of Unemployment with 29.6 months followed by Canada and Hungary. On the other end of the scale was Costa Rica with 3.67 months, Colombia with 5.03 months and Norway with 6.45 months.

Data for more countries are available at Average Duration of Unemployment indicator page.

Average Duration of Unemployment Unit 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Australia months 8.23 8.00 8.74 9.16 9.28
Canada months 15.0 17.2 20.0 21.3 20.3
Colombia months ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Costa Rica months ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 3.21
Czech Republic months 21.2 13.9 16.0 15.9 16.6
Finland months ... ... ... ... ... ... 9.46 8.48 9.76 9.77 9.62
Hungary months ... ... ... ... 17.8 16.4 17.8 17.8 17.4
Mexico months ... 9.03 10.1 10.4 10.5 9.41 ... ...
Norway months ... ... 4.20 5.10 6.20 6.39 6.28
Poland months 12.1 10.9 10.8 12.0 12.8
Slovakia months 31.3 23.6 27.1 28.7 30.5
Switzerland months 18.8 14.4 14.7 18.7 16.0
USA months 4.13 5.64 7.62 9.08 9.10