, in September 2011, the unemployment rate was 9.1% in the USA. In August 2011, it was 4.3% in Japan.
The Euro area (EA17) consists of Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Luxembourg
, half the average for the EU27. They included eight regions in the Netherlands, eight out of nine regions in Austria, seven in Germany, three in Italy, two in Belgium, and one each in the Czech Republic
and Malta (both 14.1%), and the lowest in Ireland (10.1%), Lithuania (10.7%) and Luxembourg (10.8%). For the age group 65 and over, the highest shares were found in Germany (20.7%), Italy (20.2%) and Greece
% to £1.8 million, driven by strong performance in contract recruitment in the Benelux countries and Germany.
The Nordic market, which is heavily focused on executive and permanent recruitment, saw a -5