European Union

Long term unemployment rate

Graph 1: Long term unemployment rate

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Long-term unemployed (12 months and more) persons are those aged at least 15 years not living in collective households who are without work within the next two weeks, are available to start work within the next two weeks and who are seeking work (have actively sought employment at some time during the previous four weeks or are not seeking a job because they have already found a job to start later).

The duration of unemployment is defined as the duration of a search for a job or as the length of the period since the last job was held (if this period is shorter than the duration of the search for a job).

The total active population (labour force) is the total number of the employed and unemployed population.

The data source is the Eurostat indicators website.