The OECD unemployment rate was stable at 8.0% in December 2012, unchanged from the previous month.
Composite leading indicators (CLIs) show diverging growth patterns in the economic outlook of major economies.
OECD area annual inflation was 1.9% in the year to December 2012, unchanged from the annual rate in the year to November 2012. Annual inflation rates for all major components of the CPI were also broadly stable with energy price inflation at 2.9% and food price inflation at 2.1%.
Business competitiveness and export performance are increasingly tied to countries’ integration into global production chains and a willingness to open markets to wider imports, according to preliminary international trade data released today by the OECD and the WTO.