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Table 4 Employment, unemployment and inactivity rates for 2011, by different age groups (in %)

From: The German labor market after the Great Recession: successful reforms and future challenges

  Germany EU 27
Total Men Women Total Men Women
15-64 years
Employment rate 72.5 77.3 67.7 64.3 70.1 58.5
Unemployment rate 6 6.3 5.7 9.7 9.7 9.8
Inactivity rate1 22.8 17.5 28.2 28.8 22.4 35.1
55-64 years
Employment rate2 59.9 (37.9) 67 (46.5) 53 (29.4) 47.4 (37.7) 55.2 (47.7) 40.2 (28.2)
Unemployment rate 6.5 6.6 6.4 6.8 7.3 6.1
Inactivity rate 36 28.3 43.3 49.1 40.5 57.2
  1. Source: EU-Labour Force Survey (LFS) 2011.
  2. Notes: 1 According to the definition of the International Labor Organisation (ILO), an individual is classified as inactive if he or she is not part of the labor force (i.e. not working at all and not available or looking for work either).
  3. 2 Numbers in parentheses are for 2001.