Employment now better than in 2008 thanks to services

Employment in OECD countries has finally caught up and passed 2008 pre-crisis figures with 67.6% of the working-age population now with jobs, according to the latest OECD employment numbers. 

Along with the recent interim forecast of 2.1% GDP growth in the OECD area, this builds cautious optimism that the Great Recession is finally over: the 67.6% employment figure tops the previous employment high in 2008 by a clear percentage point. Greece, Portugal, Spain and Slovenia recorded the highest quarterly increase with the UK, Japan, US and Korea close behind. Jobs growth is almost entirely in services, which accounts for 73.3% of OECD employment. However, the number of jobs in agriculture and industry was still lower than pre-crisis levels. The decline in the share of employment in industry was especially pronounced in Greece, Portugal, Italy and Spain at four percentage points below the previous high in the second quarter of 2008.

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And visit www.oecd.org/employment/ 

©OECD Observer October 2017

Economic data

GDP growth: -9.8% Q2/Q1 2020 2020
Consumer price inflation: 1.3% Sep 2020 annual
Trade (G20): -17.7% exp, -16.7% imp, Q2/Q1 2020
Unemployment: 7.3% Sep 2020
Last update: 10 Nov 2020

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