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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 1995  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/06/1995   
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LABOUR FORCE

Participation rate of persons aged 15 years and over

Reference year
Economically active population(a)
Persons
Men
Women(b)
Country
'000
%
%
%

Australia
1993
8,618.7
62.6
73.7
51.8
Canada
1993
13,946.0
65.2
73.3
57.5
China
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
France
1993
25,756.2
55.0
63.1
47.5
Greece
1992
4,034.3
48.3
63.5
34.2
Hong Kong
1993
2,872.9
62.5
78.1
46.5
Indonesia
1992
79,451.4
56.6
70.9
42.7
Italy
1991
24,245.0
50.1
65.4
35.8
Japan
1993
66,140.0
63.8
78.0
50.3
Korea (Republic of)
1992
19,383.0
60.9
75.3
47.3
Malaysia
1990
6,685.1
63.5
81.9
45.2
New Zealand
1993
1,653.0
63.3
73.2
53.9
Papua New Guinea
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
Singapore
1993
1,635.7
64.5
79.1
50.6
Sweden
1993
4,320.0
79.1
81.0
77.3
UK
1993
28,271.0
62.4
72.7
52.8
USA
1993
128,042.0
63.3
71.5
55.7
Viet Nam
. .
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.
n.a.

(a) For most countries the economically active populations are aged 15 years and over. However, the age range varies for some countries: Greece and Italy - 14 years and over; Indonesia - 10 years and over; Malaysia - 15-64 years; Sweden - 16-64 years; UK - 16 years and over . Definitions also vary in terms of the inclusion or exclusion of certain other segments of the population such as the armed forces.
(b) Activity rates for females are frequently not comparable internationally since, in many countries, relatively large numbers of women assist on farms or in other family enterprises without pay. There are differences between countries in the criteria for determining the extent to which such workers are counted as economically active.

Source: International Labour Office (1994) Year Book of Labour Statistics

EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT(a)

Reference year
Employment
Reference year
Unemployment
Unemployment rate
Country
'000
'000
%

Australia
1993
7,680
1993
939
10.9
Canada
1993
12,383
1993
1,562
11.2
China
1992
594,320
1992
3,603(b)
2.3(b)
France
1993
22,024
1993
2,911
11.6
Greece
1992
3,685
1992
350
8.7
Hong Kong
1993
2,816
1993
57
2.0
Indonesia
1992
78,104
1992
2,199
n.a.
Italy
1992
21,609
1992
2,799
11.5
Japan
1993
64,500
1993
1,660
2.5
Korea (Republic of)
1993
19,203
1993
551
2.8
Malaysia
1990
6,685
1992
45
n.a.
New Zealand
1993
1,496
1993
157
9.5
Papua New Guinea
. .
n.a.
. .
n.a.
n.a.
Singapore
1993
1,592
1993
44
2.7
Sweden
1993
3,964
1993
356
8.2
UK
1993
25,381
1993
2,891
10.2
USA
1993
119,306
1993
8,734
6.7
Viet Nam
. .
n.a.
. .
n.a.
n.a.

(a) For most countries the employed and unemployed populations are aged 15 years and over. However, the age range varies for some countries: China - all ages; Greece and Italy - 14 years and over; Indonesia - 10 years and over; Malaysia (employed only) - 15-64 years; Sweden - 16-64 years; UK and USA - 16 years and over. Definitions also vary in terms of the inclusion or exclusion of certain other segments of the population such as the armed forces.
(b) Urban areas only.

Source: International Labour Office (1994) Year Book of Labour Statistics



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