Employment in OECD countries recovered almost to pre-COVID levels

Employment in OECD countries recovered almost to pre-COVID levels

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) presented this statistic this Thursday in a statement, which refers to the percentage of people of working age who have a job, whether salaried or self-employed, and highlighted that in the last quarter of 2021 it increased in four-fifths of its countries.

Costa Rica was the second country in the bloc, only behind Turkey, with the lowest rate at the end of last year. It was at 58.7% in the fourth quarter, four tenths more than in the third, while Turkey’s remained at 51.8% (1.3 points more).

The other Latin American countries that are part of this bloc also had some of the lowest figures: Chile 60.2% (1.1 points more in three months), Colombia 61.4% (eight tenths less) and Mexico 61.9% (five tenths more).

Around these magnitudes there were only two European countries in the Mediterranean region: Greece with 59.2% and Italy with 59.4%.

Spain was in a clearly better situation, but also substantially below the OECD average, with 63.9% of people with a job among the population aged 15 to 64 at the end of 2021, five tenths more than in the third quarter.

At the other extreme, the only countries above the 80% threshold were Switzerland (80.1%), the Netherlands (80.8%) and Iceland (81.8%).

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