What austerity looks like, in three graphs

May 10, 2012

This is what austerity looks like:

(Data: IMF)

Zoom into the country level and you can see this even more clearly. Here is unemployment in Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Portugal, and Ireland. As you can see, it’s skyrocketing:

(Data: IMF)

And here are the structural budget deficits for the same set of countries. As you can see, they’re falling:

(Data: IMF)

All the numbers in this post, by the way, come from the International Monetary Fund’s latest data (pdf). Values for 2012 and 2013 are the Fund’s estimates.

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