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Employment and unemployment in Asia-Pacific: Trends and projections

Unemployed and unemployment rate

The unemployment rate in the Asia-Pacific remains the world’s lowest at 4.1 per cent. The regional rate is expected to hold steady at 4.1 percent between 2017 and 2018, while the global rate is expected to decrease by 0.1 percentage point.

Unemployment rate by subregion

Unemployment rates are higher in Southern Asia and Eastern Asia, but only in Eastern Asia is the rate projected to increase slightly by 2020.

Employment and employment-to-population ratio

While the employment-to-population ratio of Asia and the Pacific continues to rank highest among the world’s regions, the decline over time is sharper than the global average.

Employment-to-population ratio by subregion

Shares in employment are declining in all subregions, with the largest drops seen in Eastern Asia linked primarily to demographic changes.