Main Economic Indicators

ISSN :
2074-4021 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/mei-data-en
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The Main Economic Indicators database includes a wide range of areas from 1961, such as quarterly national accounts, business surveys, retail sales, industrial production, construction, consumer prices, total employment, unemployment rates, interest rates, money and domestic finance, foreign finance, foreign trade, and balance of payments for OECD countries and non-member economies.

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Keywords: labour cost, MEI, finance, labour, employment, BOP, trade, balance of payments, earnings, consumer opinion, sales, leading indicators, production, main economic indicators, prices
 

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    Key short-term indicators

    This dataset includes monthly and quarterly statistics of key indicators in growth rates and levels covering a wide range of areas such as quarterly national accounts, business surveys, industrial production, construction, consumer and producer prices, total employment, unemployment rates, interest rates, monetary aggregates and domestic finance, foreign finance, retail and foreign trade, exchange rates and balance of payments.

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    Balance of payments

    Balance of payments (BOP) statistics for OECD member and non-member countries are included in this dataset as well as a systematic summary of economic transactions of an economy with the rest of the world, for a specific time period. balance of payments transactions are further divided into their respective components: current account, capital and financial account and errors and omissions. Data are expressed in national currency, US Dollars or percentage of GDP and are recorded from 1949.

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    Business tendency and consumer opinion surveys

    This subset of the Main Economic Indicators (MEI) database covers a standard set of indicators for four economic sectors: manufacturing, construction, retail trade and other services. This includes an indicator of overall business conditions or business confidence in each sector. The consumer opinion survey indicators include indicators on consumer confidence, expected economic situation and price expectations. Data are expressed as a balance or an index (2005 = 100) and are recorded from 1950 onwards.

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    Composite leading indicators

    A subset of the the Main Economic Indicators (MEI) database, the Composite Leading Indicator (CLI) are designed to provide early signals of turning points (peaks and troughs) between expansions and slowdowns of economic activity. CLIs are calculated for 33 OECD countries (Iceland is not included), 6 non-member economies and 8 zone aggregates. A country CLI comprises a set of component series selected from a wide range of key short-term economic indicators. The OECD has published CLIs since 1981.

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    Finance

    A subset of the Main Economic Indicators (MEI) database, the Financial Indicators dataset contains financial statistics on five subjects: monetary aggregates, interest rates, exchange rates, reserve assets and share prices. These indicators aim to capture in quantitative terms this important but heterogeneous and fast evolving area. Data are available monthly and are presented as a level or an index, available from 1950 onwards.

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    International trade

    A subset of the Main Economic Indicators (MEI) database, the International Trade dataset includes statistics on international trade: exports, imports, balance and world trade statistics. Data are measured in United States dollars (USD) and are available from 1955 onwards.

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    Expand / Collapse Labour

    This database includes data on unit labour cost, hourly earnings, labour force, registered unemployment and job vacancies.
    • loader image Hourly earnings

      A subset of the the Main Economic Indicators (MEI) database, hourly earnings includes seasonally adjusted average total earnings paid per employed person per hour including overtime pay and regularly recurring cash supplements. These comparative statistics include earnings series from manufacturing and the private economic sector. Data sources are mainly business surveys covering different economic sectors, but in some cases administrative data are also used. Data are expressed in index form (2005=100).

    • loader image Labour market statistics

      A subset of the the Main Economic Indicators (MEI) database, Labour market statistics includes labour force, unemployment level and rate, employment by industry and services. Data are collected from sample household surveys on a monthly or quarterly basis. Data are expressed as levels, rates or indices and are available from 1952 onwards.

    • loader image Registered unemployed and job vacancies

      A subset of the the Main Economic Indicators (MEI) database, the Registered unemployment and job vacancies dataset includes registered unemployment rates and levels and job vacancies statistics. Data are available from 1955 onwards.

    • loader image Unit labour cost - quarterly indicators - early estimates

      Unit labour costs (ULCs) measure the average cost of labour per unit of output, calculated as the ratio of total labour costs to real output. Early estimates of quarterly (EEQ) ULCs cover total economy and are obtained by multiplying compensation of employees with a self-employment ratio.

    • loader image Unit labour cost - quarterly indicators - benchmarked [Discontinued]
      This dataset includes quarterly unit labour costs, total labour costs, real output, total employment to employees, labour income share ratio, labour productivity and compensation broken down by sectors. Early estimates are available in http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/data-00607-en.
    • loader image Unit labour costs - annual indicators

      This dataset includes annual unit labour costs, total labour costs, real and nominal output, total employment to employees, labour income share ratio, labour productivity and compensation broken down by sector such as industry, manufacturing, market services, construction and more. Data are available from 1929 onwards.

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    Expand / Collapse Prices

    This database includes data on consumer prices, production prices, comparative price levels and weights of the national consumer price indices.
    • loader image Consumer prices

      The consumer prices dataset is a subset of the Main Economic Indicators (MEI) database comprising predominantly monthly statistics on all items, food, energy and services as well as harmonised consumer prices for all items. Data are expressed as percentage change or index (2005 = 100) and are available from 1950 onwards.

    • loader image Consumer prices: national weights

      This dataset contains the annual expenditure weights for the national consumer price indices at a detailed level of the Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose (COICOP), except for Australia and Korea. The weight of a product in a CPI is the proportion of total household expenditure which is spent on that product during the weight reference period.

    • loader image Producer prices

      The producer prices dataset is a subset of the Main Economic Indicators (MEI) database comprising predominantly monthly statistics. Producer price indices are available for manufacturing, industry, energy and for primary goods at different stages of production and wholesale prices. Data are expressed as percentage change or index (2005 = 100) and are available from 1926 onwards.

    • loader image Country weights in area totals
      This dataset contains the annual expenditure weights for the national consumer price indices (CPI) for the OECD Member countries  (except Australia and Korea) at a detailed level of the COICOP classification. The weight of a product in a CPI is the proportion of total household expenditure which is spent on that product during the weight reference period. Data are available from 1959 onwards and measured per thousand of the national CPI total.
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    • loader image Comparative price levels

      This dataset contains monthly comparative price levels (CPL) which are defined as the ratios of purchasing power parities (PPPs) for private final consumption expenditure to exchange rates. They provide measures of differences in price levels between countries. The monthly PPPs used to derive the table are OECD estimates obtained by extrapolating 2011 PPPs for private final consumption expenditure using the relative rates of inflation between the countries as measured by their consumer price indices.

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    Production and sales

    The production and sales dataset contains industrial statistics on four separate subjects: production, sales, orders and work started. Production, data are shown for total industry, manufacturing, energy and construction. Sales data include data on retail trade and registration of passenger cars, while dwellings data include work started and orders cover permits issued. Data are expressed as index (2005 = 100) and are available from 1919 onwards.

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    Main Economic Indicators - complete database

    This dataset includes main economic indicators covering a wide range of areas, such as quarterly national accounts, business surveys, retail sales, industrial production, construction, consumer prices, total employment, unemployment rates, interest rates, money and domestic finance, foreign finance, foreign trade, and balance of payments. Data are available from 1955 onwards.

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    Revisions analysis

    This dataset provides a snapshot of data which was available for analysis in the Main Economic Indicators database at monthly intervals for key economic variables such as gross domestic product and its expenditure components, industrial production and production in construction, balance of payments, composite leading indicators, consumer prices, retail trade, unemployment rates, civilian employment, hourly earnings, monetary aggregates and international trade. Full time series are provided for each variable in each historical monthly release. Data are available from 1955 onwards.
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