UNUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Economically inactive population by Age, Reason for inactivity, Sex, Country and Year

Economically inactive population by Age, Reason for inactivity, Sex, Country and Year

Source: UNECE Statistical Database, compiled from national official sources.

Definition: The economically inactive population includes all the persons who are not part of the labour force, i.e. are neither employed nor unemployed.

General note: Data come from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), unless otherwise specified.
Data are shown in thousands.



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Armenia:
*")="2008: break in series, application of ILO methodology, data covers population aged 15-75.

Austria:
*")=" 2004: break in series due to change in data collection procedure.

Bulgaria:
*")="Data for 'Other reasons, including sickness' include persons who are inactive for personal or family reasons.
1990: data refer to 1992. 1995-2002: data refer to June and include persons on compolsory military service.
From 2003 on, data are annual averages and exclude persons on compulsory military service.

Canada:
*")="Data do not cover the three northern territories (Yukon, Northwest and Nunavuk ).
Data are annual averages. Cells with ‘0’ are estimates with less than 1,500 employed.
Data for ‘Study, Retirement and Home-making’ include only persons who have left their jobs within the last 12 months.
All other inactive persons are included in the category 'Other reasons, including sickness'.

Cyprus:
*")="Data cover only the government controlled area.

Denmark:
*")=" 2009: beark in series due to change in sources.

Estonia:
*")=" Data for age group 15+ refers to 15-74; age group 65+ refers to 65-74.

Finland:
*")="Data for age group 15+ refers to 15-74; age group 65+ refers to 65-74. Data for ‘Home-making’ include persons who take care of own children or other dependants.
Data for ‘Other reasons, including sickness’ include disability and other reasons.
Up to 2006: data for inactive persons aged 65+ were all classified as retired.

France:
*")=" Data cover only Metropolitan France.

Georgia:
*")="Data do not cover Abkhaz AR and Ossetia.

Germany:
*")="Up to 2004: data are from microcensuses.
From 2005: data are annual averages.
2005: break in series due to methodological change.

Hungary:
*")="Data for age group 15+ refers to 15-74; age group 65+ refers to 65-74.
Data on ‘Home-making’ category include persons on parental leave.
Data on ‘Other reasons, including sickness’ include permanently disabled persons.

Iceland:
*")=" The survey sample covered population aged 16 to 74.
1990 : data refer to 1991.
2003: break in serie because of change to continuous survey every week of the year.

Israel:
*")="1995: data are from 1995 Census.
As of 2001, data are based on new weighting groups.
As of 2009, data are based on the 2008 Population Census estimates and on updated definition of the labour force characteristics.

Italy:
*")=" 2004: break in series due to change in data collection procedure.
2005: break in series due to change in question related to reason for being inactive.

Kyrgyzstan:
*")="2003: break in series: change in methodology.

Latvia:
*")=" 1995: data refer to 1996. 1996–2001: annual average.
From 2002: annual data (not average of quarterly data); age group 15+ refers to 15-74; age group 65+ refers to 65-74.

Norway:
*")="Data for age group 15-64 refers to 15-66; age group 25-49 refers to 25-54; age group 50-64 refers to 55-66; age group 65+ refers to 55-74 and age group 15+ refers to 15-74.
Data for ‘Retirement’ include early retirement and disabled persons.

Romania:
*")="2002: break in series. Due to the revision of the definitions and the coverage, the data series of 2002-2010 are not perfectly comparable with data series of previous years.

Serbia:
*")=" Data do not cover Kosovo and Metohia.

Spain:
*")=" Data for age group 15+ refers to 16+; age group 15-24 refers to 16-24 and age group 15-64 refers to 16-64.
Data are annual average of the four quarters of the year.

Switzerland:
*")="1980: data are from Population Census. 1990: data refer to 1991.
Data refer to the permanent resident population.

Turkey:
*")="From 2004: data are revised according to the new population projections.

Ukraine:
*")=" Data refer to population aged 15-70. Data for age group 65+ refers to 65-70.
Data do not cover settlements in the exclusion zones and the Chernobyl disaster area.