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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 5.2% in November 2018

OECD Unemployment Rates, s.a.

OECD unemployment rate‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌

15/01/2019 - The OECD unemployment rate remained stable at 5.2% in November 2018, 3 percentage points below the January 2013 peak. Across the OECD, 33.2 million people were unemployed.

In the euro area, the unemployment rate reached its lowest level since October 2008, declining by 0.1 percentage point in November, to 7.9%, with decreases of 0.2 percentage point in Luxembourg (to 5.0%) and the Netherlands (to 3.5%). Among European countries outside the euro area, the unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage point in the Czech Republic (to 1.9%), while it rose by 0.2 percentage point in Denmark (to 4.9%).

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