OECD Factbook 2009

Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics

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OECD Factbook 2009 is the fifth edition of a comprehensive and dynamic statistical annual from the OECD.  More than 100 indicators cover a wide range of areas: economy, agriculture, education, energy, environment, foreign aid, health and quality of life, industry, information and communications, population/labour force, trade and investment, taxation, public expenditure and R&D. This year, the OECD Factbook features a focus chapter on inequality. Data are provided for all OECD member countries with area totals, and in some cases, for selected non-member economies.


For each indicator, there is a two-page spread.  A text page includes a short introduction followed by a detailed definition of the indicator, comments on comparability of the data, an assessment of long-term trends related to the indicator, and a list of references for further information on the indicator.  The next page contains a table and a graph providing - at a glance - the key message conveyed by the data.  A dynamic link (StatLink) is provided for each table directing the user to a web page where the corresponding data are available in Excel® format.

OECD Factbook 2009 is a key reference tool for everyone working on economic and policy issues.

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Labour compensation

Labour compensation per unit labour input shows the average compensation received by employees of businesses, either per hour worked or on an annual basis per employee. Unit labour costs represent a link between productivity and the cost of labour in producing output. Annual growth rates show relative changes over time across countries. Adjusting labour compensation by purchasing power parity (PPP) converts all countries data to a common currency allowing meaningful cross-country comparisons of data in levels to be made. The labour compensation country data can be interpreted as the quantity of equivalent goods and services that could be purchased for the compensation received for labour services rendered. The data presented here are an output of the OECD System of Unit Labour Cost and Related Indicators which produces annual and quarterly unit labour cost and related indicators (e.g., labour compensation per unit labour input, labour productivity) according to a specific methodology to ensure data are comparable across all OECD member countries.

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