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OECD Employment Outlook 2008 - Statistical Annex


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OECD Employment Outlook 2008 - Statistical Annex

The Statistical Annex from the OECD Employment Outlook 2008, contains data, in PDF format, on standardised unemployment rates in 27 OECD countries; employment/population ratios; activity and unemployment rates, by gender, selected age groups and educational attainment; part-time employment; annual hours worked; long-term unemployment; and public expenditures and participant stocks in labour market programmes.
Detailed statistics can be downloaded on OECD.Stat, the OECD’s central data warehouse which contains both raw data and derived statistics.


  • Download the Statistical Annex of this publication (pdf)
  • For country specific notes on the average annual hours actually worked per person in employment as reported on Table F of this Annex: click here (pdf)
  • For sources and definitions for earnings data presented in Tables H and I: click here (forthcoming)
  • For the coverage and classification of the OECD data on labour market programme as reported in Table J of this Annex click here (pdf); for further details on the scope and comparability of these data click here (pdf)


Sources and definitions

 Most of the statistics shown in these tables can be found as well in three other (paper or electronic) publications or references, as follows: 

  • the annual edition of OECD Labour Force Statistics, 1986-2006;
  • OECD.Stat, the OECD’s central data warehouse which contains both raw data and derived statistics;
  • the OECD Employment Statistics Database allows free access to the data and shows both raw data and derived statistics.

 These publications, which include information on definitions, notes and sources used by member countries, include longer time series and more detailed data by age group, gender, duration of unemployment, etc., than are shown in this annex.
 Please note that the data on employment, unemployment and the labour force are not necessarily the same as the series used for analyses and forecasting by the OECD Economics Department and reproduced in Tables 0.2 and 0.4 of Chapter 0 of this publication.
Interested users can refer to the on-line database, which contains data series describing the labour supply: population, labour force, employment and unemployment disaggregated by gender and age, educational attainment, employment status and sector of activity, participation and unemployment rates, statistics on part-time employment and duration of unemployment.
The on-line database contains a number of additional series on labour market results and on features of the institutional and regulatory environment affecting the functioning of labour markets. Among these are the following:


How to Obtain this Publication

Readers can access the full version of the OECD Employment Outlook 2008 choosing from the following options:

  • Subscribers and readers at subscribing institutions can access the online edition via SourceOECD , our online library.
  • Non-subscribers can purchase the PDF e-book and/or paper copy via our Online bookshop
  • Accredited journalists can have free access through a protected site.
  • Government officials with accounts (subscribe) can go to the "Books" tab on OLIS. 



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