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  • 13-January-2016

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    Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: January 2016

    OECD unemployment rate stable at 6.6% in November 2015

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  • 17-December-2015

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    System of unit labour cost, OECD - Updated: December 2015

    OECD Unit Labour Cost growth slows to 0.3% in the third quarter of 2015

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  • 16-December-2015

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    Unequal access to employment support hurts vulnerable laid-off workers in Sweden

    More equal access to employment services and better co-ordination between the government and social partners could help disadvantaged laid-off workers get back into employment, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 15-December-2015

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    Income Inequality - The Gap between Rich and Poor

    Income inequality is rising. A quarter of a century ago, the average disposable income of the richest 10% in OECD countries was around seven times higher than that of the poorest 10%; today, it’s around 9½ times higher. Why does this matter? Many fear this widening gap is hurting individuals, societies and even economies. This book explores income inequality across five main headings. It starts by explaining some key terms in the inequality debate. It then examines recent trends and explains why income inequality varies between countries. Next it looks at why income gaps are growing and, in particular, at the rise of the 1%. It then looks at the consequences, including research that suggests widening inequality could hurt economic growth. Finally, it examines policies for addressing inequality and making economies more inclusive.

  • 11-December-2015

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    Investing in Disadvantaged Youth – Challenges and Policies

    The OECD’s most recent ‘Investing in Youth’ country reviews identify three broad streams of solutions to provide disadvantaged youth with the skills they need and thus reduce the share of youth outside of education or employment.

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  • 9-December-2015

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    Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: December 2015

    OECD unemployment rate down to 6.6% in October 2015

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  • 7-December-2015

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    Australia should build on the mental health reform to strengthen employment outcomes of people with mental health issues

    The recent mental health reform is an important step towards better services for people with mental ill-health, but Australia needs to do more to help people with mild to moderate mental health issues at and into work, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 4-December-2015

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    Why do we need to measure skills better? Better indicators for better policies!

    Being able to directly measure all the above aspects would be extremely useful but economists and analysts usually face severe data limitations (e.g. small sample size, data comparability, measurement error etc.) and are, in many instances, forced to use second-best proxies to describe skills and build indicators.

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  • 1-December-2015

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    Further reforms needed to tackle growing risk of pensioner poverty

    Recent reforms have made pension systems more financially sustainable and pensioners have higher living standards than ever before. But future generations are likely to find their pension entitlements much less generous than today’s and many may face a serious risk of pensioner poverty, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 26-November-2015

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    Enhancing the non-cognitive skills of disconnected youth

    Youth who have disconnected from the education system and are not working or planning to return to training are at high risk of marginalisation. Review of programs and other initiatives to re-connect.

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