Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

Employment and Skills



Creating more and better quality jobs is key to boosting growth, reducing poverty and increasing social cohesion. At national level, job creation requires a stable macroeconomic framework coupled with structural policies that encourage innovation, skills and business development. But how can national and local policies be better aligned and tailored to specific local opportunities and challenges? There are a number of barriers to getting the local conditions for job creation right. 


Job Creation and Local Economic Development

This publication highlights new evidence on policies to support job creation, bringing together the latest research on labour market, entrepreneurship and local economic development policy to help governments support job creation in the recovery. It  also includes  a set of country pages featuring, among other things, new data on skills supply and demand at the level of smaller OECD regions (TL3). This publication is the first in a series to take this integrative approach, and it is designed to be user friendly and accessible to all government officials, academics, practitioners and civil society with an interest in local economic development and job creation.

OECD Review on Local Job Creation - Employment and Skills Strategy

Each review examines the capacity of employment services and training providers to contribute to a long-term strategy which can yield returns in terms of resilience of the local economy, skills levels and job quality. The following reports are available in English on the OECD ILibrary.

Other Publications:

Working papers and Policy Papers:




OECD reviews on Local Job Creation

Local strategies for youth employment

Skills for competitiveness




Local job creation: How labour market policies can help - (2011-16)

What works for youth? - (2015-16)

Engaging employers in skills development - (2015-16)

Tackling disadvantage at a time of limited resources - (2013-14)

Injecting local flexibility in Education and Training systems and supporting local skills Strategy - (2013-14)

Skills for Greener Jobs - (2013-14)

Building statistical evidence to understand local labour market differentiation and support more effective policies - (2013-14)

Indicators on skills, mobility and job quality and the adaptability of labour market policy - (2011-12)

Local strategies for youth employment - (2011-12)

Tackling long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups - (2011-12)

Leveraging training and skills development in SMEs - (2009-10)

Local scenarios of demographic change - Policies and strategies for sustainable development, skills and employment - (2009-12)

Managing accountability and flexibility - (2009-10)

Skills for competitiveness - (2009-10)





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