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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 continues to increase to 66.8% in first quarter of 2016

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18/07/2016 - The OECD area employment rate – defined as the share of people of working-age in employment – increased for the twelfth straight quarter, to 66.8% in the first quarter of 2016, up 0.3 percentage point on the previous quarter.

Compared to the previous quarter, the euro area employment rate rose by 0.4 percentage point (to 65.1%), the tenth consecutive quarter of growth. The employment rate also increased by 0.4 percentage point in the United States (to 69.3%) and Japan (to 74.0%), and by 0.1 percentage point in Canada (to 72.5%) and the United Kingdom (to 73.3%).  It decreased by 0.3 percentage point in Mexico (to 60.9%).

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