December 10, 2013 - Unemployment among U.S. youths aged 15-24 fell to 14.1% in November 2013, a change of 1% from the previous month. This marks the lowest youth unemployment rate observed since December 2008 when the rate stood at 14.8% according to OECD Harmonised Unemployment Rates released today. In Canada, the youth unemployment rate stood unchanged since October 2013 at 13.4% The overall unemployment rate in the United States decreased by 0.3% to 7.0% from October to November 2013, while it remained stable in Canada during the same period at 6.9 %.
December 3, 2013 - Asian countries outperform the rest of the world in the OECD’s latest PISA survey, which evaluates the knowledge and skills of the world’s 15-year-olds. The OECD’s PISA 2012 tested more than 510,000 students in 65 countries and economies on maths, reading and science. The main focus was on maths. Math proficiency is a strong predictor of positive outcomes for young adults. It influences their ability to participate in post-secondary education and their expected future earnings.
December 2-3, 2013 - The Secretary-General of the OECD, Mr. Angel Gurría, will be in Washington on 2-3 December 2013, to present the results of the 2013 OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), alongside Mr. Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education of the United States. Mr. Angel Gurría will also be presented with the Transatlantic Leadership Award, at the European Institute 2013 Ambassadors’ Dinner.
November 22, 2013 - It is with sadness and solidarity with the American people that we mark President John F. Kennedy’s tragic death on November 22, 1963. We honor President Kennedy’s memory and his global vision, which included the founding Treaty of the OECD—the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. President Kennedy launched the OECD and other vital international building blocks of a better world—the Alliance for Progress, the Peace Corps, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, among them. The OECD is proud to be associated with that vision, now into the Twenty First Century, through our expanding membership around the globe, and our unwavering commitment to identifying better policies for better lives.
November 21, 2013 - 50 years ago, on 22 November 1963, US President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The shockwave of that tragedy rocked the world and still reverberates today. The sadness at President Kennedy’s untimely death was equally heartfelt in the corridors of the OECD, an international organisation whose creation in September 1961 he personally and strongly supported. Read the full OECD Tribute.
November 21, 2013 - Life expectancy has increased in the United States over the past decades, but less rapidly than in other OECD countries. This is due to gaps in health insurance coverage and proper primary care, poorer health-related behaviours and poor living conditions for a significant proportion of the U.S. population, according to a new OECD report. Health at a Glance 2013 reports that life expectancy in the United States stood at 78.7 years in 2011: an increase of almost eight years since 1970, but significantly less than the ten year gain registered across OECD countries. Life expectancy is now more than a year below the OECD average of 80.1, compared to one year above the average in 1970. The gap between the United States and leading countries has also widened. For example, the life expectancy for U.S. men in 2011 was 4.2 years shorter than in Switzerland (up from less than 3 years in 1970); for U.S. women, it was 4.8 years shorter than in Japan in 2011 (while there was no gap in 1970).