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10 countries with highest unemployment

Last updated on: July 26, 2011 11:25 IST

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According to a UN Report, 205 million people were unemployed in 2010 and that number is not expected to improve this year, which leaves global economic growth on the back foot.

Europe, Africa and South America's labour markets are struggling to recover from the 2008 financial crisis - as people under 25 face youth unemployment rates at a record level of 21 per cent.

Let us take a look at 10 most jobless countries.

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Image: Europe, Africa and South America's labour markets are struggling to recover.

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1. South Africa

Unemployment: 25.3 per cent

The problem: Poor education leading to high youth unemployment. Though the government has tried to create more jobs, one in four people in South Africa is unemployed - and jobs created by government programmes only last 4-6 days.

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Image: South Africa has 25.3 per cent unemployed. A view of Cape Town

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2. Croatia

Unemployment: 18.8 per cent

The problem: The government's initiatives for job growth have failed - and 141,000 jobs lost in the last two years.

New infrastructure projects worth $13 billion announced by Croatia are expected to combat the problem.

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Image: New projects are expected to boost employment. A yacht marooned at Split beach in Croatia.

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3. Lithuania

Unemployment: 17.8 per cent

The problem: High corporate taxes and large deficit - in effort to control the credit crisis, Lithuania imposed higher corporate taxes, which only lead to more companies shutting down.

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Image: Lithuania has 17.8 per cent unemployment. A view of Vilnius.

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4. Latvia

Unemployment: 14.3 per cent

The problem: Even lower unemployment rates outside the capitol in the Riga region where unemployment can soar up to 22.3 per cent.

Their government job programmes have been troubled and education budgets cut.

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Image: Situation is worse outside capital Riga, pictured above.

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5. Ireland

Unemployment: 13.8 per cent

The problem: Known as the face of EU economic problems, Ireland's real estate bubble resulted in a banking sector collapse.

Unemployment went up by 10 per cent and is unlikely to pass due to an exodus of people leaving the country.

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Image: Real estate bubble resulted in banking sector collapse. A bridge in Dublin.

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6. Slovakia

Unemployment: 12.5 per cent

The problem: Up and raising, the unemployment rate in Slovakia is expected to rise until March, when job market reforms are expected to have kicked in.

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Image: Unemployment rate is set to rise. Bratislava has several interesting sights.

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7. Greece

Unemployment: 12.4 per cent

The problem: 192,000 people have lost their jobs in October 2009 and the economy shrank in 2010 by 4.2 per cent with construction, retail and tourism taking the biggest hit.


Image: Unemployment rate in Greece is 12.4 per cent. A view of Santorini.

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8. Poland

Unemployment: 12.3 per cent

The problem: Youth, women and long-term unemployed struggle to find jobs. The country has not been able to control its unemployment rate since it moved on from communism 20 years ago.

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Image: Poland has not been able to control unemployment, including in Warsaw.

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9. Colombia

Unemployment: 11.3 per cent

The problem: 2.5 million out of work although financial and natural gas sectors are performing well.

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Image: Unemployment rate in Colombia is 11.3 per cent. A view of cartagena.

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10. Turkey

Unemployment: 11.2 per cent

The problem: Export drops in automotive, linens and textile sectors. Although women's employment prospects are improving by 0.9 per cent (to 28 per cent) the year before.


Image: Women's employment prospects are improving. Turkey's beautiful capital Istanbul.

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