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
‌‌
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
Total labour force, thousands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
146 340
 
148 000
 
148 893
 
150 711
 
152 809
 
154 497
 
155 672
 
155 560
 
155 323
 
155 052
 
Males
78 758
 
79 507
 
80 251
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
Females
67 582
 
68 493
 
68 642
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
Armed forces, thousands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
1 477
 
1 490
 
1 492
 
1 391
 
1 381
 
1 373
 
1 385
 
1 418
 
1 435
 
1 435
 
Males
1 258
 
1 269
 
1 271
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
Females
219
 
221
 
221
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
Civilian labour force, thousands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
144 863
 
146 510
 
147 401
 
149 320
 
151 428
 
153 124
 
154 287
 
154 142
 
153 889
 
153 617
 
Males
77 500
 
78 238
 
78 980
 
80 033
 
81 255
 
82 136
 
82 519
 
82 123
 
81 985
 
81 975
 
Females
67 363
 
68 272
 
68 421
 
69 288
 
70 173
 
70 988
 
71 767
 
72 019
 
71 904
 
71 642
 
Unemployed, thousands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
8 378
 
8 774
 
8 149
 
7 591
 
7 001
 
7 078
 
8 924
 
14 265
 
14 825
 
13 747
 
Males
4 597
 
4 906
 
4 456
 
4 059
 
3 753
 
3 882
 
5 033
 
8 453
 
8 626
 
7 684
 
Females
3 781
 
3 868
 
3 694
 
3 531
 
3 247
 
3 196
 
3 891
 
5 811
 
6 199
 
6 063
 
Civilian employment, thousands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
136 485
 
137 736
 
139 252
 
141 730
 
144 427
 
146 047
 
145 363
 
139 878
 
139 064
 
139 869
 
Males
72 903
 
73 332
 
74 524
 
75 973
 
77 502
 
78 254
 
77 486
 
73 670
 
73 359
 
74 290
 
Females
63 582
 
64 404
 
64 728
 
65 757
 
66 926
 
67 792
 
67 876
 
66 208
 
65 705
 
65 579
 
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
53.4
 
53.2
 
53.5
 
53.6
 
53.7
 
53.6
 
53.3
 
52.7
 
52.8
 
53.1
 
Females
46.6
 
46.8
 
46.5
 
46.4
 
46.3
 
46.4
 
46.7
 
47.3
 
47.2
 
46.9
 
Unemployment rate (% of civilian labour force)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
5.8
 
6.0
 
5.5
 
5.1
 
4.6
 
4.6
 
5.8
 
9.3
 
9.6
 
8.9
 
Males
5.9
 
6.3
 
5.6
 
5.1
 
4.6
 
4.7
 
6.1
 
10.3
 
10.5
 
9.4
 
Females
5.6
 
5.7
 
5.4
 
5.1
 
4.6
 
4.5
 
5.4
 
8.1
 
8.6
 
8.5
 
Total labour force (% of population)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
50.9
 
51.0
 
50.9
 
51.0
 
51.2
 
51.3
 
51.2
 
50.7
 
50.2
 
49.8
 
Males
55.8
 
55.8
 
55.8
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
Females
46.2
 
46.4
 
46.1
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
Total labour force (% of population aged 15-64)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
76.4
 
76.4
 
76.0
 
76.0
 
76.1
 
76.2
 
76.2
 
75.5
 
74.8
 
74.2
 
Males
82.5
 
82.4
 
82.2
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
Females
70.3
 
70.5
 
69.8
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
..
 
Civilian employment (% of population)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
47.5
 
47.5
 
47.6
 
48.0
 
48.4
 
48.5
 
47.8
 
45.6
 
45.0
 
44.9
 
Males
51.6
 
51.5
 
51.8
 
52.3
 
52.8
 
52.9
 
51.8
 
48.9
 
48.2
 
48.5
 
Females
43.4
 
43.6
 
43.4
 
43.7
 
44.1
 
44.3
 
43.9
 
42.5
 
41.8
 
41.4
 
Civilian employment (% of population aged 15-64)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All persons
71.3
 
71.1
 
71.1
 
71.5
 
72.0
 
72.0
 
71.1
 
67.9
 
67.0
 
66.9
 
Males
76.4
 
76.0
 
76.3
 
76.9
 
77.5
 
77.5
 
76.1
 
71.8
 
71.0
 
71.4
 
Females
66.2
 
66.3
 
65.8
 
66.1
 
66.4
 
66.6
 
66.1
 
64.0
 
63.0
 
62.5
 
CIVIL. EMPL. - PROFESSIONAL STATUS, thousands
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All activities
136 485
 
137 736
 
139 252
 
141 730
 
144 427
 
146 047
 
145 362
 
139 877
 
139 064
 
139 869
 
Employees
126 438
 
127 314
 
128 705
 
131 143
 
133 736
 
135 503
 
135 161
 
129 956
 
129 267
 
130 315
 
Employers and persons working on own account
9 756
 
10 295
 
10 431
 
10 464
 
10 586
 
10 413
 
10 080
 
9 831
 
9 681
 
9 449
 
Unpaid family workers
126
 
126
 
116
 
122
 
105
 
131
 
122
 
91
 
117
 
106
 
Agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing
2 311
 
2 275
 
2 232
 
2 197
 
2 206
 
2 095
 
2 168
 
2 103
 
2 206
 
2 254
 
Employees
2 139
 
1 299
 
1 242
 
1 212
 
1 287
 
1 220
 
1 279
 
1 242
 
1 353
 
1 380
 
Employers and persons working on own account
1 308
 
951
 
964
 
955
 
901
 
856
 
860
 
836
 
821
 
846
 
Unpaid family workers
32
 
25
 
27
 
30
 
18
 
19
 
28
 
25
 
33
 
28
 
Non-agricultural activities
134 174
 
135 461
 
137 020
 
139 533
 
142 221
 
143 952
 
143 194
 
137 774
 
136 858
 
137 615
 
Employees
124 299
 
126 015
 
127 463
 
129 931
 
132 449
 
134 283
 
133 882
 
128 714
 
127 914
 
128 935
 
Employers and persons working on own account
8 448
 
9 344
 
9 467
 
9 509
 
9 685
 
9 557
 
9 220
 
8 995
 
8 860
 
8 603
 
Unpaid family workers
94
 
101
 
89
 
92
 
87
 
112
 
94
 
66
 
84
 
78
 
Employees as % of civilian employment
92.6
 
92.4
 
92.4
 
92.5
 
92.6
 
92.8
 
93.0
 
92.9
 
93.0
 
93.2
 
Part-time employment (%)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Part-time as % of employment
13.1
 
13.2
 
13.2
 
12.8
 
12.6
 
12.6
 
12.8
 
14.1
 
13.5
 
12.6
 
Male share of part time employment
31.7
 
31.2
 
31.7
 
31.6
 
32.2
 
31.6
 
32.5
 
33.5
 
33.1
 
34.4
 
Female share of part time employment
68.3
 
68.8
 
68.3
 
68.4
 
67.8
 
68.4
 
67.5
 
66.5
 
66.9
 
65.6
 
Male part-time as % of male employment
8.0
 
8.0
 
8.1
 
7.8
 
7.8
 
7.6
 
8.0
 
9.2
 
8.8
 
8.4
 
Female part-time as % of female employment
18.5
 
18.8
 
18.8
 
18.3
 
17.8
 
17.9
 
17.8
 
19.2
 
18.4
 
17.1
 
Duration of unemployment (% of total unemployment)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Less than one month
34.5
 
31.7
 
33.1
 
35.1
 
37.3
 
35.9
 
32.8
 
22.2
 
18.7
 
19.5
 
More than 1 month and less than 3 months
30.8
 
29.8
 
29.2
 
30.3
 
30.3
 
31.5
 
31.4
 
26.8
 
22.0
 
21.8
 
More than 3 months and less than 6 months
16.3
 
16.5
 
15.9
 
14.9
 
14.8
 
15.0
 
16.0
 
19.5
 
16.0
 
15.0
 
More than 6 months and less than 1 year
9.8
 
10.2
 
9.2
 
7.9
 
7.6
 
7.6
 
9.1
 
15.3
 
14.3
 
12.4
 
More than 1 year
8.5
 
11.8
 
12.7
 
11.8
 
10.0
 
10.0
 
10.6
 
16.3
 
29.0
 
31.3
 
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