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DoDo provided some numbers on that earlier;

To recap, percentage of the entire (not just working-age or adult) population working, Q4/2006:

  • thriving Anglo-Saxon economy USA: 48.2%
  • chronically ill Old European economy Germany: 47.2%
  • roaring New European economy Hungary: 39.0%

Jerome won't like this - for France, I couldn't yet find the employment quartal numbers (or even monthly numbers) on the INSEE website (maybe Alex can help out?), but the from 2005 yearly labour data [pdf!] released in March (24,921,000 employed) and the 2005 yearly population data [pdf!] (62,702,400 in the middle of the year), I get 39.7%.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 05:19:46 AM EST
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Look at it the right way: we can still make a lot of progress!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 06:14:34 AM EST
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See below.

ALso, I am not sure I found the right numbers. There is also the metropolitan France/all France distinction, I assumed the jobs data in that pdf was the latter but can't be sure. (Can someone find me an INSEE link to employment raw data?)

Do you have some nice statistics on part-time and full-time work as percentage of employment in various countries, BTW?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 06:26:03 AM EST
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Another idea just appeared to me: could it be that farm jobs are not entirely covered, especially small single-family farms?

That could be a big factor. It is in Polish employment statistics.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 06:30:42 AM EST
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Of course, it's worth to point out that the French employment trend (at least during Jospin's time) was upward in the last decade or so, reversing an earlier strong downward trend.

I'll add the UK data: Q4/2005 employment [Excel table!] was 28,803,000 (apparently seasonally adjusted, and from the population projection [pdf!] I estimate 60,315,000 in the middle of Q4/2005, gives 47.8%.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 06:22:29 AM EST
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