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Employment: OECD sees high jobless rates continuing - more must be done urgently to boost job creation and help jobseekers
The OECD area unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.9% in May 2012 compared with the previous month. While the rate has hovered around this level since January 2011, it remains 2.1 percentage points higher than the level recorded four years earlier.
Unit labour costs (ULCs) in the OECD area rose by 0.3 % in the first quarter of 2012, the same rate as in the previous quarter, according to early estimates. This reflects increased labour compensation per unit of labour input and unchanged labour productivity.
The OECD area unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.9% in April 2012, around the same rate observed since January 2011, but 2.3 percentage points higher than the level recorded four years earlier. Differences in unemployment rates across OECD countries remain large.
Breaking down barriers to gender equality in education, employment and entrepreneurship would create new sources of economic growth and help make better use of everyone’s skills, according to a new OECD report.
The OECD has launched its Skills Strategy to help governments build economic resilience, boost employment and reinforce social cohesion. Despite the pressure on public finances, spending on education and skills is an investment for the future and must be a priority.
Nosotros, los Representantes de la OIT y de la OCDE, invitamos a los Ministros de Trabajo y Empleo de los países del G20 a otorgar una mayor y renovada prioridad a las políticas de empleo que ayudarán a las economías a acelerar y sostener la recuperación, alcanzar niveles más altos de trabajo decente y salir de la trampa de la deuda.
OECD and ILO heads call upon the Ministers of Labour and Employment of the G20 countries to put a greater, renewed emphasis on employment policies to help economies accelerate and sustain the recovery, achieve higher levels of decent work and get out of the debt trap, at the G20 Meeting in Mexico.
The OECD area unemployment rate was stable at 8.2% in March 2012, the same level recorded since February 2011. This flatness is largely the result of increasing rates in some euro area countries being offset by declines in North America.
Young people continue to bear the brunt of the jobs crisis, with nearly 11 million 15 to 24 -year-olds out of work in OECD countries in early 2012. Youth unemployment in the OECD area in March 2012 was 17.1%, close to its November 2009 peak of 18.3%