Recipients of Social Benefits

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The number of long-term unemployed sharply rose in OECD countries between 2007 and 2012 before starting a decreasing trend in 2013. In parallel, the number of poor individuals in OECD countries increased until 2013 before slightly dropping in 2014. The number of recipients of social assistance has been stable (on OECD average) since 2010. However, different trends can be observed at country level.

Recipients of social assistance

Income-poor working-age individuals

Long-term unemployed

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Trends for the number of recipients of social assistance (minimum income guarantee and income replacement for lone parents). Year 2007 = 100. Social assistance programmes in Austria are not expressed in the same unit and could not be aggregated. Trends are not presented for Bulgaria and Latvia because 2007 figures are missing. In France and Slovenia, some programmes included in the total are partially missing. Consult the country note for details.
Trends in the number of poor working-age individuals. 2007 = 100. The poverty line corresponds to 50% of the median equivalised disposable income.
Trends in the long-term ILO unemployed population. 2007 = 100. An individual is considered as long-term unemployed if he/she is currently unemployed and has been unemployed for continuous period 12 months or more.