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Economists have traditionally been very cautious when studying the interaction between employment and health because of the two-way causal relationship between these two variables: health status influences the probability of being employed and, at the same time, working affects the health status.
Life is quite good in the United States compared to other OECD countries, thanks to strong economic
growth and technological progress having lifted average income to high levels. Nonetheless, there is
evidence that the benefits from growth have not been sufficiently broad based.
Despite relative affluence, workplace stress is a prominent feature of the US labour market. To the
extent that job stress causes poor health outcomes – either directly through increased blood ressure,
fatigue, muscle pain, etc. or indirectly through increased rates of cigarette smoking – policy to lessen job stress may be appropriate.
There is no simple remedy for fixing the post-crisis global economy. But three key ingredients for sustainable long-term growth are jobs, equality and trust, said OECD Secretary-General in Washington.
Briefing notes for the 2013 Edition of the OECD Employment Outlook
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A Skills beyond School Review of the United States, OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training
Income inequality and relative poverty in the United States are among the highest in the OECD and have substantially increased over the past decades. These developments have been associated with a number of other worrying statistics, including low intergenerational social mobility and weak real income growth for many households.
Although job creation has improved, since the end of the 2007-08 recession, the effects of the recession on the labour market remain severe.
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The labour market recovery is far from complete in the United States, but it continues to outpace that seen in many European countries
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The US labour market continues its slow recovery from the 2008-09 recession, but the unemployment rate remains significantly higher than before the financial crisis