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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 employment rate increases to 65.9% in fourth quarter of 2014, 0.6 percentage point higher than one year before

 Employment rates
Employment as % of working-age population


20/04/2015 - The OECD area employment rate – defined as the share of people of working-age who are in employment – was 65.9% in the fourth quarter of 2014, 0.2 percentage point higher than in the previous quarter. Over the course of 2014, the increase in the OECD employment rate (up 0.6 percentage points between the fourth quarter of 2013 and the fourth quarter of 2014) was twice as fast than the year before (between the fourth quarter of 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2013).

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