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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 unemployment rate nudges up to 5.1% in January 2020

 Unemployment Rates, s.a.

OECD unemployment rate

11/03/2020 - The OECD unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage point, to 5.1%, in January 2020. Across the OECD area, 32.9 million people were unemployed.

In January 2020, the unemployment rate rose by 0.4 percentage point in Mexico (to 3.6%), by 0.3 percentage point in Korea (to 4.0%), by 0.2 percentage point in Australia (to 5.3%) and Japan (to 2.4%), and by 0.1 percentage point in the United States (to 3.6%). By contrast, it decreased by 0.1 percentage point in Canada (to 5.5%) and was stable in the euro area, at 7.4% for the fourth consecutive month. 

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