1. ## Double digit

Since "double" means two then how do I read or interpret the following sentence? Are they saying unemployment rate is 10(two numbers) or above. If not then does it mean 20. Please explain. Thanks . JKL

This city has struggled with a double-digit unemployment rate since last year.

2. ## Re: Double digit

Not a teacher.

It means "Greater than 9, but less than 100." In other words, you need 2 digits to express it.

3. ## Re: Double digit

It also leaves out "percent" which you are meant to interpolate.

4. ## Re: Double digit

However, unemployment figures would either be expressed as a percentage or in hundreds, thousands or millions.

If they're talking about percentages, then the unemployment rate has gone over 9% for the first time.

If a country has an unemployment rate of 23,000,000 (23 million) then it might be described as "double-digit" unemployment.

You would have to know what the unemployment figures are counted in.

I would be very surprised if a city had an unemployment rate of between 10 and 99 people! That would be such a low figure that there would be no reason for the city to "struggle" with it.

5. ## Re: Double digit

"Rate" implies a ratio. It's generally understood that this is expressed as a percentage. But it's not uncommon in America to hear of "double-digit unemployment" without having to say it is a rate or percentage.

6. ## Re: Double digit

Originally Posted by SoothingDave
"Rate" implies a ratio. It's generally understood that this is expressed as a percentage. But it's not uncommon in America to hear of "double-digit unemployment" without having to say it is a rate or percentage.
Hmm. A rate is expressed as a percentage in Aus - a 10% unemployment rate.
If it implies a ratio, then the unemployment ratio is 10:90 - 10 unemployed to 90 employed; or perhaps 10/100 - ten in a hundred, 10 per hundred.

7. ## Re: Double digit

Yes, it's common here to say "double-digit inflation" or "double-digit unemployment" etc to mean that it's at least 10%.

The percent is understood.

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Originally Posted by Barb_D
The percent is understood.
That's what I meant when I said the percentage was meant to be [mentally] interpolated. It's left out = it's understood.

9. ## Re: Double digit

Originally Posted by Raymott
Hmm. A rate is expressed as a percentage in Aus - a 10% unemployment rate.
If it implies a ratio, then the unemployment ratio is 10:90 - 10 unemployed to 90 employed; or perhaps 10/100 - ten in a hundred, 10 per hundred.
Yeah, 10 out of 100 = 10%

The point was that "rate" would never mean a raw number.

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