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July 9, 2015

Jobs Outlook Improving in U.S. and Canada, Says OECD

The jobs recovery is gathering pace in the U.S. and Canada with unemployment rates gradually approaching pre-crisis levels, according to a new OECD report.

  July 7, 2015

Canada could do more to help laid-off workers

2.2% of Canadian workers with at least one year of tenure are laid off each year when their company goes bankrupt or downsizes. Just under half of them find a new job within one year, and almost two-thirds within two years. But many face significant earnings losses when rehired, with one in five having hourly wage cuts of 25% or more in their new job.

  June 17, 2015

Financial Sector Must Promote Inclusive Growth

Finance is a key ingredient of modern economies, but too much finance may hamper economic growth and worsen income inequality, according to new research from the OECD.

  June 16, 2015

Rising Diabetes and Obesity Threaten Progress in Tackling Cardiovascular Diseases, says OECD

Fewer people are dying from stroke and heart attacks than before, but rising levels of obesity and diabetes, particularly among younger people, are going to push mortality rates higher, according to a new OECD report. See specific findings for the United States.

  June 4, 2015

Key Initiatives to Build a More Global OECD

Ministers expressed full support for the OECD’s global relations strategy, as an essential element to increase its impact and relevance. This strategy has been the centrepiece of Secretary-General Angel Gurría’s vision to transform the Organisation into a more inclusive, global policy network and a prime forum for evidence-based policy exchange and global standard setting. 

  June 3, 2015

Strengthening Investment key to Improving World Economy’s B-minus Grade, says OECD

Global growth will gradually strengthen towards its pre-crisis trend rate by late 2016 as activity becomes more evenly shared across the major economies and overall external imbalances are less marked than in the run-up to 2007, according to the OECD's latest Economic Outlook.

  May 27, 2015

One in Six U.S. Youths Neither Working nor Studying, OECD Finds

One in six U.S. youths are neither employed nor in education or training (NEET), while more than 35 million young people aged 16-29 across OECD countries are in the same situation, says a new OECD report.

  May 26, 2015

Members Renew Angel Gurría's Mandate at the Helm of the OECD

The 34 Member countries of the OECD decided today to renew Secretary-General Angel Gurría’s mandate at the helm of the Organisation for the period 2016-2021. This unanimous decision was an acknowledgment of Secretary-General Gurría’s  work to shape a more relevant, inclusive and open organisation.

  May 21, 2015

U.S. and OECD Outline Guidance for Rural Economic Development Policies

Today, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Deputy Secretary-General Mari Kiviniemi released a joint statement outlining three major themes guiding rural economic development policies.  The statement was issued at the conclusion of the three day  10th Annual Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Rural Development Conference titled  ‘National Prosperity through Modern Rural Policy: Competitiveness and Well-Being in Rural Regions’.

  May 21, 2015

Improving Job Quality and Reducing Gender Gaps Are Essential to Tackling Growing Inequality, Says OECD

Income inequality has reached record highs in most OECD countries and remains at even higher levels in many emerging economies. The richest 10 per cent of the population in the OECD now earn 9.6 times the income of the poorest 10 per cent, up from 7:1 in the 1980s and 9:1 in the 2000s, according to a new OECD report. 

  Upcoming Event: May 21, 2015

OECD Expert Briefing: Trends on Inequality

Join us at the OECD Washington Center on May 21 for an OECD Expert Briefing with Director for Employment, Labor and Social Affairs, Stefano Scarpetta, where he will present from Paris the latest update from OECD on inequality:  In It Together - Why Less Inequality Benefits All

  May 19, 2015

Global Experts Meet in Memphis to Discuss Rural Competitiveness for the 21st Century

Today, leaders from 34 countries gathered in Memphis for the 10th Annual Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Rural Development ConferenceThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. to discuss international strategies to address rural development in the 21st century, including creating jobs, building infrastructure, expanding access to health care, and making diversified rural investments.

  May 12, 2015

OECD Outlines Action for Governments to Tackle Heavy Cost of Harmful Drinking

Harmful drinking is on the rise among young people and women in many OECD countries, partly due to alcohol becoming more available, more affordable and more effectively advertised, according to a new OECD report.  

  April 29, 2015

Announcing the 5th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge, and Policy

The OECD World Forums on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy were launched over a decade ago to bring more attention to the need for better measures and policies for well-being and progress. This 5th OECD World Forum aims to address the question of "How do we best put into practice new well-being measures to improve public policies and people’s lives?", by showcasing real-world examples of action and implementation. More information here.

   April 29, 2015

Upcoming Event! OECD Rural Development Policy Conference, Memphis, TN, May 19-21

This conference will mark the 10th meeting of the world’s leading policy officials, international experts and representatives from the private sector for discussing best practices for rural areas. The conference is hosted by the White House Rural Council with the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Mexico’s Secretariat for Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development. More information here.

April 20, 2015

Pensions At Risk for 80 Million People in Latin America and the Caribbean

Experts and policy makers gathered today at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to discuss the future of pensions in Latin America and the Caribbean. A panel discussion moderated by CNN journalist Gabriela Frias explored different policy approaches to ensure greater coverage and sustainability of pension systems in the region. | See also: Remarks by Secretary-General (in Spanish)

April 17, 2015

Remarks by Secretary-General Gurria on Fighting Inequality Through Inclusive Growth, Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C.

April 16, 2015

SMEs and Entrepreneurs Need to Diversify Their Funding Amid Continued Credit Constraints

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are fundamental for inclusive growth and jobs, but they  need to broaden their sources of finance in order to reduce their vulnerability to volatile credit market developments, according to two new OECD reports. 


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