Employment policies and data

Displaced workers


©shutterstock.com Job displacement (involuntary job loss due to firm closure or downsizing) affects many workers over the course of their working lives. Displaced workers may face long periods of unemployment and, even when they find new jobs, tend to be paid less and have fewer benefits than in the jobs they held prior to displacement. Helping displaced workers get back into good jobs quickly should be a key goal of labour market policy.‌

OECD “Back to Work” is a series of reviews that looks at how job displacement is being tackled in a number of OECD countries.


Back to work: OECD country reviews on displaced workers

Nine countries participate in the review. Once the country reviews are completed, a synthesis report is prepared highlighting the main issues and policy recommendations emerging from the review.



  • Australia
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • New Zealand
  • Sweden
  • United States

Data on displaced workers

Our Online Employment database  offers a large range up-to-date statistics on labour market outcomes.

job displacement graph


Re-employment rates graph


Related work

Back to Work: Re-employment, Earnings and Skill Use after Job Displacement (2013)This report examines job displacement and its consequences in 14 countries. The study provides findings about the impact of displacement on skill-use and job benefits, issues that have received relatively little attention in the research literature.

Our work on displaced workers builds on other recent research conducted by OECD on topics such as youth unemployment, activation policy, skills and the labour market impact of the ‌Great Recession



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