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Structural unemployment in selected countries



"This report introduces basics on structural unemployment in some member countries of the International Labour Market Forecasting Network. The Network is a cooperation of forecasters and policy advisors related to Public Employment Services. The following contributions were presented on the annual meeting 2014. Structural - or non-cyclical - unemployment is a consequence of mismatch between worker and job profiles regarding qualification, tasks, work place, and so on, institutional conditions or persistent economic shocks. There is no convention how to measure structural unemployment. Thus, the following country reports sketch the specific national situation based on national statistics. Nonetheless, it becomes clear that low qualification, skill depreciation during long unemployment spells, and regional disparity or structural imbalances may be important aspects to consider when combating structural unemployment. Typically, the individual barriers to reintegration into the labour market are manifold which necessitates specifically tailored policy measures. However, the most efficient policy would be prevention." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))


  • Alatalo, Johanna
  • Gustavsson, Hakan
  • Klinger, Sabine
  • Lauringson, Anne
  • Ozols, Normunds
  • Räisänen, Heikki
  • Skuja, Vita
  • Sørbø, Johannes
  • Villsaar, Kristi

Bibliographical information

Alatalo, Johanna; Gustavsson, Hakan; Klinger, Sabine; Lauringson, Anne; Ozols, Normunds; Räisänen, Heikki; Skuja, Vita; Sørbø, Johannes; Villsaar, Kristi (2015): Structural unemployment in selected countries. (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung. Aktuelle Berichte, 04/2015), Nürnberg, 48 p.