A snapshot of the labour market in 2008 - Results of the Labour Force survey
On average in 2008, 25.9 million people had a job and 2.1 million were unemployed as defined by the ILO. Nine out of ten workers were employees. 20% of people working in the personal services sector had been employed for less than one year and two-thirds were women. Of those employed, 5% were in a situation of underemployment. Between the ages of 15 and 24, women were slightly less likely to be unemployed than men. Over the age of 50, more than half of those unemployed had been looking for work for over a year.