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OECD employment rate increases to 67.2% in the fourth quarter of 2016 

Employment rates

Employment as a percentage of the working-age population

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13/04/2017 - The OECD area employment rate – defined as the share of people of working-age in employment – increased by 0.2 percentage point in the fourth quarter of 2016, to 67.2%.

Compared to the previous quarter, the employment rate increased by 0.5 percentage point in Canada (to 72.9%), by 0.2 percentage point in the euro area (to 65.7%), the United Kingdom (to 73.7%) and the United States (to 69.5%) and by 0.1 percentage point in Japan (to 74.7%), Korea (to 66.3%) and Turkey (to 50.5%). Over the same period, the employment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point in Mexico (to 61.0%).  


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