Society at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2014

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This is the third edition of Society at a Glance Asia/Pacific, a regularly updated OECD overview of social indicators, which addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. This report starts with an introductory chapter providing a guide to help readers understanding the OECD Social Indicator framework. Chapters 2 and three are special thematic chapters to address two increasingly topical issues in the social debate: Gender Equality in Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship and Social Protection Expenditure.

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Labour force participation

Richer countries tend to have higher labour force participation rates,with all four OECD countries having rates greater than the Asia/Pacific average; the OECD average is 6 percentage points above the Asia/Pacific average of 69% (). The highest participation rates are observed in Cambodia, Japan, Nepal and New Zealand with rates greater than 80% in 2012. Labour force participation rates are low, at below 60%, in Armenia, Hong Kong (China), India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste. In many countries labour force participation rates among older workers are relatively close to those for the total population, while rates for younger workers are significantly lower: on average across the region participation rates are 69% for the total population; 63% for older workers and 49% for younger workers. Participation rates are lowest for young people in Korea as related to a high level of educational attainment (see “”.



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