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OECD Employment Outlook 2013

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The OECD Employment Outlook 2013  looks at labour markets in the wake of the crisis. It includes chapters on  the experience of different labour market groups since 2007; employment protection legislation; benefit systems, employment and training programmes and services; and re-employment, earnings and skills after job loss. As always, it includes an extensive statistical annex.

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Executive summary

Over five years have passed since the onset of the global financial and economic crisis and yet unemployment still remains high in many OECD countries. In April 2013, there were over 48 million people out of work, representing an unemployment rate of 8.0%, only half a percentage point below the crisis peak of 8.5%. But there are big variations between countries: unemployment is close to or below 5% in five OECD countries, but exceeds 25% in two others (Greece and Spain). Looking ahead, the OECD projects little change in unemployment for the OECD area through to the end of 2014, with a projected rise by at least a percentage point in six European countries offset by a fall by half a percentage point or more in five other OECD countries.

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