Guide to OECD Regional Statistics

Introduction

The OECD Regional Statistics provides a unique set of comparable statistics and indicators for over 2000 regions in 30 countries. It comprises annual time-series for around 40 indicators of demography, economic accounts, labour market, social and innovation themes in the OECD member countries.   

Main Topics

Within UKDS.Stat, the OECD Regional Statistics are presented in the following tables (some tables will include missing data):

Large regions, TL2

Demographic statistics

This dataset contains regional data on population by age and sex, average population, regional surface and population density with a geographic coverage of TL2 which corresponds to the higher level (Territorial Level 2) consisting of about 362 macro-regions. The dataset is broken down into 3 sets of variables which are population and area, population by age groups and mortality. The data cover the years starting from 1990.

Innovation indicators

This dataset contains data on regional innovation: R&D expenditures by sector, R&D personnel by sector, educational attainment of the labour force, enrolment by level of education, employment in high-technology sectors, patent applications, patent applications by sector, patents international collaboration, ownership and percentage of households with access to broadband with a geographic coverage of TL2. The data is compared in terms of millions of current USD PPP or in terms of percentage of the population. The data cover the years starting from 1990.

Regional accounts

This dataset contains data on regional GDP, regional GDP per capita and regional gross value added by sector, disposable household income, and primary income of private households. Data are expressed in millions of national currency in current and constant prices and in millions of US$ in current and constant PPP. For the Euro area countries, the data in national currency for all years are calculated using the fixed conversion rates against the euro. The data cover the years starting from 1990.

Labour statistics

This dataset contains data on labour force by sex, employment at place of residence, employment by industry, unemployment, unemployment rate, long-term unemployment, youth employment, participation rate, business statistics, long-term unemployment incidence. Data are expressed in terms of percentages and persons. The data cover the years starting from 1990. 

Social indicators

This dataset contains data falling within 2 different categories which consist of social and health indicators and environmental indicators. The table is comparing countries on age-adjusted mortality rate, number of physicians, crimes against the property, murders per 100 000, volume of municipal waste, CO2 emissions per capita, average carbon absorption. The data cover the years starting from 1990.

Small regions, TL3

Demographic statistics

This dataset contains regional data on population by age and sex, average population, regional surface, mobility and population density with a geographic coverage of TL3 which corresponds to the Territorial Level 3.  The dataset is broken down into 3 set of variables which are population and area, population by age groups and lower level (Territorial Level 3) consisting of about 1,709 micro-regions.  The data cover the years starting from 1990.

Innovation indicators

This dataset contains data - in level and in percent - on PCT patent applications, co-patent applications, in green technologies, ICT, biotechnology, nanotechnology, within the region, country, or with foreign regions; and percent domestic ownership of foreign patents and foreign ownership of domestic patents with a geographic coverage of TL3 which corresponds to the Territorial Level 3 consisting of 1,709 micro-regions. The data cover the years starting from 1990.

Regional accounts

This dataset contains data on regional GDP, regional GDP per capita and regional gross value added by sector with a geographical coverage of TL3. Data are expressed in millions of national currency in current and constant prices and in millions of US$ in current and constant PPP. For the Euro area countries, the data in national currency for all years are calculated using the fixed conversion rates against the euro. The data cover the years starting from 1990.

Regional labour market

This dataset contains data on labour force by sex, employment at place of residence, employment by industry, unemployment, unemployment rate, long-term unemployment, youth employment, participation rate, business statistics, long-term unemployment incidence and female participation rate. Data are expressed in terms of percentages and persons and has a geographical coverage of TL3. The data cover the years starting from 1990.

Metropolitan areas

This dataset contains data on metropolitan regions with demographic, labour, innovation, environmental and economic statistics by population, regional surface, population density, labour force, employment, unemployment, GDP, GDP per capita, PCT patent applications, CO2 emissions and elderly dependency ratio. The data cover the years starting from 1997.

Regional well-being

The Regional well-being dataset presents nine dimensions central for well-being at local level and for OECD regions, covering material conditions (income, jobs and housing), quality of life (education, health, environment, safety, access to services and civic engagement, and regional income distribution (inequality and poverty). The set of indicators selected to measure these dimensions is a combination of people's individual attributes and their local conditions. This dataset, the website and the publication "How’s life in your region?" are outputs designed from the framework for regional and local well-being, which starts with the consideration that making better policies for better lives means understanding what matters to people. Data run from 2000 onwards. 

ACCESS OECD DATA

Access to the OECD Regional Statistics via UKDS.Stat is freely available to all.

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USER RESOURCES

The OECD also provides the following documentation associated with this dataset:

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