Definition: Unemployed persons

Regional statistics

Unemployed persons comprise persons aged 15-74 who were (all three conditions must be fulfilled simultaneously):

1. without work during the reference week;

2. available for work at the time (i.e. were available for paid employment or selfemployment before the end of the two weeks following the reference week);

3. actively seeking work (i.e. had taken specific steps in the four-week period ending with the reference week to seek paid employment or self-employment) or who found a job to start within a period of at most three months.
Eurostat, "European Regional and Urban Statistics - Reference Guide", 2005 edition

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