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OECD Employment Outlook 2009: Tackling the Jobs Crisis (Complete Edition ‐ ISBN 9789264067943)

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This 2009 edition of the OECD Employment Outlook provides an annual assessment of labour market developments and prospects in member countries. This issue focuses on the jobs crisis in particular and looks at steps taken by governments to help workers and the unemployed. It recommends ways of preventing current high levels of unemployment becoming entrenched.

The first chapter looks at the jobs crisis itself, analysing the implications for employment and social policy. The second chapter looks at how industry, firm, and worker characteristics shape job and worker flows. The third chapter examines the problem of the working poor, now exacerbated by the crisis. And the fourth examines pathways on to and off of disability benefits, a growing problem in most OECD countries. As in previous editions, a comprehensive statistical annex provides the latest data.

Editorial ‐ Preventing the Jobs Crisis from Casting a Long Shadow

Chapter 1. The Jobs Crisis: What are the Implications for Employment and Social Policy


‐Main findings

‐Part A. The labour market impact of the crisis

‐Part B. Employment and social Policy responses to the jobs crisis

Chapter 2. How Do Industry, Firm and Worker Characteristics Shape Job and Worker Flows?


‐Main Findings

‐1. Job and worker flows in the business sector: how do they vary across countries and industries?

‐2. Labour market flows through the lenses of firms: which firms create and destroy more jobs?

3. Labour flows as a source of opportunities and costs for workers: whicha re the workers affected by greater mobility?

Chapter 3. Is Work the Best Antidote to Poverty?


‐Main Findings

‐1. Taking the measure of in‐work poverty

‐2. Alleviating in‐work poverty


‐Annex 3.A.1. Figures and Tables 

Chapter 4. Pathways onto (and off) Disability Benefits ‐ Assessing the Role of Policy and Individual Circumstances


‐Main Findings

‐1. Disability benefit trends: evolution and recipients'characteristics

‐2. Individual and work characteristics determining labour market status

‐3. Pathways into and out of disability benefits

‐4. How have countries responded in the area of disability policy?

‐Annex 4.A1. Analysis of the Effects of Health on Labour Market Status

‐Annex 4.A2. Disability Policy Indicator

‐Annex 4.A3. The Effect of Disability Policy on Disability Rates

Statistical Annex

‐Table A. Standardised Unemployment Rates

‐Table B. Employment/Population Ratios, Activity and Unemployment Rates

‐Table C. Employment/Population Ratios, Activity and Unemployment Rates by Age Groups

‐Table D. Employment/Population Ratios, Activity and Unemployment Rates by Educational Attainment

‐Table E. Incidence and Composition of Part‐Time Employment

‐Table F. Average Annual Hours Actually Worked Per Person in Employment

‐Table G. Incidence of Long‐Term Unemployment

‐Table H. Earnings Dispersion, Gender Wage Gap, and Incidence of Low Pay

‐Table I. Average Annual Wages in the Total Economy

‐Table J. Public Expenditure and Participant Stocks in Labour Market Programmes in OECD Countries
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2009-09-01

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