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Merchandise trade volumes for the G7 countries as a whole continued to grow in the first quarter of 2010, but at a slower pace than in the fourth quarter of 2009.
Statistics Working Paper N. 33 - 2010/4 - This paper looks at different experiences in the development and use of societal progress indicator sets . at the European, national and sub-national level . with the aim of identifying useful lessons from these experiences. Five case studies are presented: the indicators used to support the EU ¡ªLisbon Strategy.; the UK Sustainable Development indicators; Measures of Australia.s Progress;
The unemployment rate for the OECD area fell slightly to 8.6% in May 2010 from 8.7% in April.
Statistics Working Paper N. 32 - 2010/3 - Health services account for a large and increasing share of production and expenditure in OECD countries but there are also noticeable differences between countries in expenditure per capita. Whether such differences are due to more services consumed in some countries than in others or whether they reflect differences in the price of services is a question of significant policy relevance. Yet,
OECD composite leading indicators (CLIs) for May 2010 continue to point to an expansion but with stronger signals of a slowing pace of growth than in last month's assessment.
Real GDP in the OECD area grew by 0.6% in the first quarter of 2010 compared with the last quarter of 2009. Stockbuilding was the main contributor to OECD GDP growth for the third consecutive quarter.
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The Consumer Price Indices (CPI) series published by the OECD have been the subject of a recent methodological review to ensure and improve their quality and international comparability across the 31 OECD member countries.
The review process mainly consisted in 1) a survey to collect annual expenditure weights for national CPI for the 31 OECD member countries at detailed level of the COICOP classification, 2) the creation of an
The feature Key Employment Statistics allows cross-country comparisons on labour market indicators, outcomes, policies and institutions.
Source: OECD System of Unit Labour Cost Indicators (updated quarterly at end Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec) - Annual Unit Labour Costs in levels and indices, Labour Compensation, Labour Productivity, Labour...