There are now 42 adherents to the OECD Declaration on Green Growth. Lithuania has joined Costa Rica, Colombia, Croatia, Latvia, Morocco, Tunisia, as well as OECD members in having adhered to the declaration. Latest reports are now available on Zambia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Korea and Latvia.
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After rising steeply to a peak of 10% in the fall of 2009, the US unemployment rate has been slowly declining for more than five years. It was 5.3% in June, finally approaching it pre-crisis level of 4.8% seven and one-half years earlier. Unemployment has been even slower to decline in many other advanced countries as is reflected in the 7.0% OECD average.
Specific country notes have been prepared using data from the database OECD Health Statistics 2015, July 2015 version. The notes are available in PDF format.
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The United States has been successful at reducing the mortality due to cardiovascular diseases (CVD) but the burden of CVD and diabetes is increasing rapidly.
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This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators used for the Better Life initiative and shows what users of the Better Life Index are telling us about their well-being priorities.
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This country note provides information on latest trends in income inequalities as well as key findings from the 2015 OECD report "In it Together: Why less inequality benefits all".
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Levels of alcohol consumption in the United States are close to the OECD average and have remained relatively stable in the last 20 years, but with a progressive shift from beer to spirit consumption. In 2011, an average of 8.6 litres of pure alcohol per capita was consumed in the United States, compared with an estimate of 9.5 litres in the OECD.
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The United States is ranked 24th among the 34 OECD member countries in decreasing order with a tax wedge for an average single worker at 31.5% in 2014, compared with the OECD average of 36.0%.
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This country note from Going for Growth 2015 for the United States identifies and assesses progress made on key reforms to boost long-term growth, improve competitiveness and productivity and create jobs.
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The tax burden in the United States of America increased by 1percentage point from 24.4% to 25.4% in 2013. The OECD average was an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 33.7% to 34.1%. The United States is the only OECD country that employs a retail sales tax rather than a value added tax (VAT) as the principal consumption tax.