October 30, 2008 / 1:47 AM / 9 years ago

FACTBOX: Gender employment gap in OECD countries

(Reuters) - Closing the gap between women and men in employment would dramatically boost the global economy and could also increase birth rates in countries with shrinking populations, according to economists.

Goldman Sachs research shows that closing the gap between male and female employment would boost gross domestic product (GDP) in the United States by as much as 9 percent, euro zone GDP by 13 percent and Japanese GDP by 16 percent.

Following is a breakdown of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) figures for employment as a percentage of the population of 25-54 year-olds.

Women Men

2007 2007

Iceland 84.1 94.2

Sweden 83.0 89.0

Denmark 81.8 90.2

France 76.4 88.1

United Kingdom 74.7 88.3

Germany 73.6 86.7

United States 72.5 87.5

Japan 67.4 92.8

Italy 59.6 87.3

Mexico 51.0 92.9

Turkey 26.6 81.1

Total OECD 66.4 87.8

(From OECD data)

Compiled by Madeline Chambers; editing by Megan Goldin

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