Statistics Directorate


  • Statistical Insights: Merchandise trade statistics without asymmetries

    To properly understand global trade patterns we need high quality, consistent and harmonised statistics on international merchandise trade. Currently available statistics, however, fall short of this standard.

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  • The OECD Statistics Newsletter - All issues

    In this issue: How’s Life? 2017 (OECD); Development Co-operation Report 2017: Bringing data to the centre of development policy (PARIS21, OECD); Highlights from EIGE's third edition of the Gender Equality Index European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE); How Good is Your Job? (OECD) and more.

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  • OECD Better Life Initiative

    The OECD Better Life Initiative brings together several strands of the OECD’s work on measuring well-being and progress, including the How’s Life? report and its research agenda, and the Better Life Index.

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What's new

OECD employment rate increases to 67.8% in the third quarter of 2017

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

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18/01/2018 - The OECD area employment rate – the share of working-age people in jobs – increased by 0.2 percentage point in the third quarter of 2017, to 67.8% and is now 3.4 percentage points above the trough observed in the fourth quarter of 2009. Across the OECD area, around 561 million people were employed in the third quarter of 2017


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