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  • Labour force statistics

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) considers people of working age to be in one (and one only) of three situations in the labour market: employed, unemployed, or inactive. The employed and unemployed together are known as the labour force.

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  • Unemployment rate

    A closely watched indicator is the unemployment rate (the number of unemployed as a percentage of the labour force). The unemployment rate tracks what economists call “labour slack” – the match between the jobs on offer in an economy and the number of people seeking to work – and is a key indicator of a society’s economic and social well-being.

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  • Labour market situation

    Labour force data are typically analysed by gender, age group (youth, prime age, older). They are also frequently broken down in many other ways for specific policy purposes: by economic sector, by occupation, by level of education, full- and part-time workers, the short- and long-term unemployed.

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OECD employment rate stable at 68.7% in the second quarter of 2019

Employment rates
Percentage of the working-age population

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15/10/2019 - The OECD area employment rate – the share of the working-age population with jobs – remained at 68.7% in the second quarter of 2019.

In the euro area, the employment rate continued to increase in the second quarter of 2019 (by 0.1 percentage point, to 67.9%), with gains of more than 0.5 percentage point in Belgium, Greece and Luxembourg, and declines of 0.3 percentage point or more in Ireland and the Slovak Republic.


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