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OECD employment rate increases to 68.3% in the second quarter of 2018

Employment rates
Employment as a percentage of the working-age population

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16/10/2018 - The OECD area employment rate – the share of the working-age population with jobs – increased by 0.1 percentage point in the second quarter of 2018, to 68.3%. Across the OECD area, 568 million people were employed in the second quarter of 2018. In the United States as well as in a number of European countries, the employment rate is still below the level in the second quarter of 2008.


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