Policymakers around the developed world are trying to boost employment, including through ultra-loose monetary policies.
The charts below show a selection of metrics to gauge the strength of the jobs market in the United States, Eurozone, Japan and UK. The left bar chart shows how far various employment measures have moved since their worst points in and after the financial crisis. Click on the green circles to view the history of individual gauges in line charts on the right

Sources: Thomson Reuters, Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, National Federation of Independent Business, Eurostat, European Commission, Markit, Japan Statistics Bureau, Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training, UK Office of National Statistics and BlackRock Investment Institute
Notes: The “Worst Since Crisis” level refers to each employment indicator’s weakest point since 2006. The “Before Crisis” level refers to each employment indicator’s strongest point in the period 2006 to 2008.