Definition: In general, the unemployed population is considered, i.e. both unemployed persons who are unemployed persons who have previously had a job and those looking for work for the first time. It refers to open unemployment and urban coverage unless it is indicated as hidden unemployment and/or national coverage. In the case of urban coverage this may refer to total urban areas, as defined by the country concerned, or to a set of cities or metropolitan areas. The years between countries also vary because the figures come from official national sources in the countries.
Source: CEPAL Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe. http://www.cepal.org/es/areas-de-trabajo/desarrollo-economico
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