OECD Labour Force Statistics 2012
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OECD Labour Force Statistics 2012

This annual edition of Labour Force Statistics provides detailed statistics on population, labour force, employment and unemployment, broken down by gender, as well as unemployment duration, employment status, employment by sector of activity and part-time employment. It also contains participation and unemployment rates by gender and detailed age groups as well as comparative tables for the main components of the labour force. Data are available for each OECD Member country and for OECD-Total, Euro area and European Union. The time series presented in the publication cover 10 years for most countries. It also provides information on the sources and definitions used by Member countries in the compilation of those statistics.

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OECD LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS 2012 - © OECD 2012

Labour force
2Labour force
  Annual average estimates
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2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
Total labour force, thousands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
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Males
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Females
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Armed forces, thousands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
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Males
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Females
..
 
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..
 
Civilian labour force, thousands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
4 337
 
4 368
 
4 392
 
4 425
 
4 498
 
4 598
 
4 698
 
4 762
 
4 803
 
4 897
 
Males
2 407
 
2 417
 
2 428
 
2 437
 
2 475
 
2 531
 
2 569
 
2 593
 
2 630
 
2 691
 
Females
1 930
 
1 951
 
1 964
 
1 987
 
2 023
 
2 067
 
2 129
 
2 169
 
2 173
 
2 206
 
Unemployed, thousands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
124
 
169
 
182
 
184
 
170
 
157
 
150
 
193
 
204
 
184
 
Males
63
 
87
 
92
 
89
 
79
 
69
 
70
 
96
 
101
 
91
 
Females
61
 
82
 
90
 
95
 
91
 
88
 
80
 
98
 
103
 
93
 
Civilian employment, thousands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
4 213
 
4 198
 
4 210
 
4 241
 
4 328
 
4 440
 
4 548
 
4 568
 
4 600
 
4 713
 
Males
2 344
 
2 330
 
2 336
 
2 348
 
2 396
 
2 461
 
2 499
 
2 497
 
2 530
 
2 600
 
Females
1 869
 
1 868
 
1 874
 
1 892
 
1 932
 
1 979
 
2 049
 
2 071
 
2 070
 
2 113
 
Civilian employment (%)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
100.0
 
100.0
 
100.0
 
100.0
 
100.0
 
100.0
 
100.0
 
100.0
 
100.0
 
100.0
 
Males
55.6
 
55.5
 
55.5
 
55.4
 
55.4
 
55.4
 
55.0
 
54.7
 
55.0
 
55.2
 
Females
44.4
 
44.5
 
44.5
 
44.6
 
44.6
 
44.6
 
45.0
 
45.3
 
45.0
 
44.8
 
Unemployment rate (% of civilian labour force)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
2.9
 
3.9
 
4.1
 
4.2
 
3.8
 
3.4
 
3.2
 
4.1
 
4.2
 
3.8
 
Males
2.6
 
3.6
 
3.8
 
3.7
 
3.2
 
2.7
 
2.7
 
3.7
 
3.8
 
3.4
 
Females
3.2
 
4.2
 
4.6
 
4.8
 
4.5
 
4.2
 
3.8
 
4.5
 
4.7
 
4.2
 
Total labour force (% of population)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
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Males
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Females
..
 
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..
 
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..
 
Total labour force (% of population aged 15-64)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
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..
 
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..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
Males
..
 
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..
 
..
 
..
 
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..
 
..
 
..
 
Females
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
Civilian employment (% of population)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
57.8
 
57.2
 
57.0
 
57.0
 
57.8
 
58.8
 
59.5
 
59.0
 
58.8
 
59.6
 
Males
65.8
 
64.9
 
64.6
 
64.5
 
65.3
 
66.5
 
66.5
 
65.6
 
65.6
 
66.7
 
Females
50.2
 
49.8
 
49.6
 
49.8
 
50.6
 
51.4
 
52.7
 
52.6
 
52.1
 
52.7
 
Civilian employment (% of population aged 15-64)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
85.5
 
84.4
 
84.0
 
83.9
 
85.0
 
86.4
 
87.3
 
86.7
 
86.4
 
87.7
 
Males
95.0
 
93.5
 
93.0
 
92.7
 
93.8
 
95.4
 
95.5
 
94.2
 
94.4
 
96.1
 
Females
76.1
 
75.3
 
74.9
 
75.1
 
76.1
 
77.3
 
79.1
 
79.1
 
78.3
 
79.3
 
CIVIL. EMPL. - PROFESSIONAL STATUS, thousands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All activities
4 205
 
4 192
 
4 203
 
4 222
 
4 306
 
4 419
 
4 533
 
4 572
 
4 594
 
4 719
 
Employees
3 679
 
3 689
 
3 722
 
3 747
 
3 824
 
3 907
 
4 030
 
4 087
 
4 105
 
4 216
 
Employers and persons working on own account
423
 
409
 
399
 
393
 
392
 
414
 
419
 
391
 
402
 
414
 
Unpaid family workers
103
 
93
 
81
 
81
 
90
 
98
 
84
 
94
 
86
 
89
 
Agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing
162
 
160
 
151
 
151
 
151
 
157
 
161
 
152
 
154
 
173
 
Employees
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..
 
Employers and persons working on own account
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..
 
..
 
..
 
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..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
Unpaid family workers
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
Non-agricultural activities
4 043
 
4 032
 
4 051
 
4 071
 
4 155
 
4 262
 
4 372
 
4 420
 
4 440
 
4 546
 
Employees
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Employers and persons working on own account
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..
 
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Unpaid family workers
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Employees as % of civilian employment
87.5
 
88.0
 
88.6
 
88.8
 
88.8
 
88.4
 
88.9
 
89.4
 
89.4
 
89.3
 
Part-time employment (%)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Part-time as % of employment
24.8
 
25.1
 
24.9
 
25.1
 
25.5
 
25.4
 
25.9
 
26.5
 
26.1
 
25.9
 
Male share of part time employment
17.2
 
17.8
 
17.9
 
17.4
 
18.8
 
18.7
 
18.8
 
18.8
 
19.6
 
19.9
 
Female share of part time employment
82.8
 
82.2
 
82.1
 
82.6
 
81.2
 
81.3
 
81.2
 
81.2
 
80.4
 
80.1
 
Male part-time as % of male employment
7.8
 
8.1
 
8.1
 
8.0
 
8.8
 
8.7
 
9.0
 
9.2
 
9.4
 
9.4
 
Female part-time as % of female employment
45.4
 
45.8
 
45.2
 
45.7
 
45.7
 
45.6
 
45.9
 
46.7
 
46.1
 
45.5
 
Duration of unemployment (% of total unemployment)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Less than one month
10.7
 
9.1
 
8.2
 
8.3
 
8.9
 
7.9
 
11.5
 
10.5
 
8.6
 
10.8
 
More than 1 month and less than 3 months
26.3
 
19.8
 
16.8
 
14.9
 
15.1
 
15.3
 
16.6
 
19.6
 
18.0
 
17.0
 
More than 3 months and less than 6 months
25.7
 
23.4
 
21.1
 
17.7
 
17.4
 
20.2
 
22.5
 
21.9
 
17.5
 
15.5
 
More than 6 months and less than 1 year
15.5
 
21.6
 
20.3
 
20.1
 
19.5
 
15.8
 
15.1
 
17.9
 
22.7
 
17.9
 
More than 1 year
21.8
 
26.1
 
33.5
 
39.0
 
39.1
 
40.8
 
34.3
 
30.1
 
33.1
 
38.8
 
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