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This diagram is a time series line chart.

It has ‘Labour force unemployed (percent)’ on the vertical axis, running from 0 up to 12 in intervals of 2.

The horizontal axis shows the years, running from 2000 on the left to 2011 on the right.

There are two lines shown on the diagram, one labelled ‘Germany’ which is in red and the other labelled ‘Italy’ which is in blue.

The Germany line starts at 8% in 2000, then rises steadily to around 11% in 2005 before falling to just under 8% in 2008. The line then rises slightly to 2009 before falling quite steeply to 6% in 2011.

The Italy line starts higher up, at 10% in 2000. It then falls steadily to below the Germany line, to reach 6% in 2007. From 2007, the line rises steadily to reach just over 8% by 2011. As it rises, it crosses the Germany line in 2009.

The data source is Eurostat 2013a.

 7.1 Facing the competition