In the following figure, the total cost of unemployment is compared to the average salary cost in
each country. Following important results can be stressed:
In comparison to the average salary cost in each country, an unemployed has the highest relative
cost in Germany (90% of the salary cost) and Belgium (88% of the salary cost) and the lowest in the
UK (59% of the salary cost).
France, Spain and Sweden are in a medium position, with an average relative cost of unemployment varying from 75% of the salary cost in Sweden to 84% in France.
The position of the countries is different according to their relative or their absolute cost of unemployment. In relative terms, Germany has the highest cost of unemployment while it has only the 4th position in terms of absolute cost.
: The average cost of unemployment compared to the average salary cost