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PARTICIPATION RATE

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French Equivalent: Taux d’activité

Definition:
The labour force participation rate is defined as the ratio of the labour force to the working age population, expressed in percentages.

Context:
The labour force participation rate is a measure of the extent of an economy’s working-age population that is economically active.

It provides an indication of the relative size of the supply of labour available for the production of goods and services. The breakdown of the labour force by sex and age group gives a profile of the distribution of the economically active population within a country (Key Indicators of the Labour Market (KILM): 2001-2002, International Labour Organisation, Geneva, 2002, page 16).

Source Publication:
Resolution Concerning Statistics of the Economically active Population, Employment, Unemployment and Underemployment, adopted by the 13th International Conference of Labour Statisticians, October 1982.

Cross References:
Inactivity rate

Hyperlink:
http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/stat/res/index.htm

Statistical Theme: Labour statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, January 4, 2006