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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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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 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 at 65.3% in fourth quarter of 2013

Employment rates
Employment as % of the working-age population

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15/04/2014 - The OECD area employment rate – defined as the share of people of working-age who are in employment – increased by 0.1 percentage point (to 65.3%) in the fourth quarter of 2013. This was the third consecutive quarterly increase, but the level is still 1.2 percentage points below the one recorded in the second quarter of 2008, the quarter preceding the start of the global financial crisis.

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