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This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2017.
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Life expectancy in the United States is slightly lower than the OECD average, despite very high levels of health spending. High obesity rates are also a major public health concern, though risk factors like smoking, alcohol consumption and air pollution have been better controlled.
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Selected findings for the United States from the report "Preventing Ageing Unequally"
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Selected findings for the United States from the report "The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle"
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Unemployment has fallen faster in the US than on average across OECD countries. At 4.3% in May, it is now below it pre-crisis level in 2007. However, employment in the US, as a share of the population aged 15-74, remains 2.4 percentage points below its pre-crisis value in 2007.
As part of the STI Outlook 2016, the OECD has released policy profiles by country. These include cross-country analyses that draw on the first joint EC-OECD survey on STI policies. They focus on major STI policy areas, instruments and trends.