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  • Employment: Urgent action needed to stop jobs crisis becoming a social crisis

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    7 July 2020

    The Covid-19 pandemic is turning into a jobs crisis that is far worse than the 2008 crisis. Women, young people and low income earners are being hit the hardest, according to OECD Employment Outlook 2020. The OECD unemployment rate edged down to 8.4% in May 2020, after soaring by 3 percentage points in April. In February it stood at 5.2%.

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  • Video: Facing the jobs crisis

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    7 July 2020

    Unemployment has soared in the OECD area since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Policymakers have taken action to safeguard workers and firms, but as the coronavirus crisis continues, more targeted action will be needed to stop the jobs crisis from becoming a social crisis. Watch our video.

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  • Agriculture: Policies to support farming stifle innovation and harm the environment

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    30 June 2020

    Support policies by some 54 OECD, EU and emerging countries provided on average USD 536 billion (EUR 469 billion) per year of direct support to farmers in 2017-2019. Such policies can harm consumers, especially poor ones, and widen income gaps between small and large farms, according to the latest Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation.

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  • Tax: International community continues progress against offshore tax evasion

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    30 June 2020

    More progress has been made in the fight against offshore tax evasion, latest data show. Nearly 100 countries carried out automatic exchange of information in 2019, enabling their tax authorities to obtain data on 84 million financial accounts held offshore by their residents, covering total assets of EUR 10 trillion, sharply up on 2018.

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  • COVID-19: Leave no workers behind

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    23 June 2020

    Blog: As the coronavirus crisis unfolds, millions of workers worldwide wonder what the future holds for them. New OECD work shows that some groups of workers face a higher risk than others of being left behind and experience poverty associated with COVID-19 labour market disruptions.

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  • COVID-19 and our lives

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    How is COVID-19 influencing our lives, our transport systems, businesses, our education, and the way we use digital technologies? See our series of short videos here. And don’t forget to follow us on YouTube.

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  • OECD health data

    OECD indicator on health spending, G7, 2018 or latest year available.

    Health care spending, health care use, hospital stays, vaccination rates, doctor consultations, and more. Find OECD data for your country, with dynamic charts, maps, tables and related publications at data.oecd.org.

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  • Health essentials from OECD iLibrary

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    "What role might the social outcomes of education play during the COVID-19 lockdown?", “Health for Everyone?: Social Inequalities in Health and Health Systems”; "Taxing Wages”. For these reports and more, including working papers, journals and articles, visit OECD iLibrary.

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