Unemployment

Why is this important for social statistics?

The unemployment rate reflects labour market and overall economic conditions. It gives a sense of how easily people can become employed.

This indicator measures the proportion of people in the labour force who are unemployed. The labour force includes all people who are employed and unemployed. Unemployment is defined as all people in the working-age population who, during the reference week, were without a paid job, available for work, and had either actively sought work in the past four weeks ending with the reference week, or had a new job to start within the next four weeks.

Downloadable file:

Excel icon. Unemployment – tables (Excel, 5 sheets, 31kb)

Includes breakdowns by sex, ethnic group, age group, and OECD country.

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