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  • Labour force statistics

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) considers people of working age to be in one (and one only) of three situations in the labour market: employed, unemployed, or inactive. The employed and unemployed together are known as the labour force.

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  • Unemployment rate

    A closely watched indicator is the unemployment rate (the number of unemployed as a percentage of the labour force). The unemployment rate tracks what economists call “labour slack” – the match between the jobs on offer in an economy and the number of people seeking to work – and is a key indicator of a society’s economic and social well-being.

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  • Labour market situation

    Labour force data are typically analysed by gender, age group (youth, prime age, older). They are also frequently broken down in many other ways for specific policy purposes: by economic sector, by occupation, by level of education, full- and part-time workers, the short- and long-term unemployed.

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OECD unemployment rate stable at 5.3% in July 2018

OECD Unemployment Rates, s.a.

OECD unemployment rate stable at 5.3% in July 2018‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌

11/09/2018 - The OECD unemployment rate was stable at 5.3% in July 2018. Across the OECD, 33.5 million people were unemployed, 15.7 million less than the peak in January 2013 and only 0.8 million more than in April 2008.  

In the euro area, the unemployment rate remained stable at 8.2% in July. However rates increased by 0.2 percentage point or more in Lithuania (up 0.5 percentage point, to 6.3%), Austria (up 0.2 percentage point, to 4.9%) and Belgium (up 0.2 percentage point, to 6.2%). By contrast, the unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point in Italy, to 10.4%, having increased by 0.3 percentage point in the previous month.

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