In the fourth quarter of 2018, 21 of the 49 countries analyzed in this report announced decreases in national unemployment rates since the third quarter. Of the remaining countries, 14 reported increases, while 15 were unchanged. Though 2018 was a generally positive year, there was weakened economic growth in the fourth quarter due to trade tensions remaining high, several developing economies experiencing financial stress, and other economic risks.
Due to the size of the U.S. economy, and its impact on the rest of the world, individual states are also shown in this report. Half (25 out of 50) of states had decreases in unemployment in 2018, with only one state, Colorado, showing a significant increase.
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