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Table 428. Employment rates of 25- to 64-year-olds, by sex, highest level of educational attainment, and country: 2009
Country Total population, 25 to 64 years old Male Female
All levels of education Less than high school completion High school completion Asso-
ciate's or higher degree
All levels of education Less than high school completion High school completion Asso-
ciate's or higher degree
All levels of education Less than high school completion High school completion Asso-
ciate's or higher degree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
   OECD average1  . 72.7 56.0 74.2 83.6 80.5 67.1 81.5 88.1 65.0 46.0 66.2 79.1
Australia 77.6 66.1 80.2 84.3 85.0 76.5 87.2 89.1 70.4 57.7 70.7 80.2
Austria 75.3 55.6 77.6 86.7 81.1 65.0 81.5 89.3 69.6 50.7 73.2 83.4
Belgium 69.8 48.0 74.0 84.2 76.2 58.7 80.5 87.2 63.3 37.0 66.8 81.6
Canada 75.4 55.1 73.7 81.7 78.9 63.1 78.0 84.5 71.9 45.4 68.7 79.4
Chile. 68.4 58.3 69.2 78.0 85.7 82.3 87.6 85.3 51.6 36.2 51.7 70.6
                         
Czech Republic 73.8 43.9 75.1 84.3 83.4 53.6 84.0 91.0 64.1 39.1 65.5 76.9
Denmark. 78.8 64.6 79.7 87.4 81.9 71.0 82.3 89.1 75.6 59.0 76.4 86.0
Estonia 72.9 47.4 71.6 82.8 73.8 51.7 72.9 87.4 72.2 41.4 70.1 80.4
Finland 75.1 56.8 74.8 84.4 76.4 60.0 76.6 86.9 73.8 52.5 72.7 82.6
France 72.5 56.2 76.5 83.5 78.3 63.8 82.6 86.8 67.0 49.4 70.1 80.8
                         
Germany 75.4 54.9 75.5 86.4 81.3 64.9 80.3 89.7 69.5 48.0 70.7 82.2
Greece 68.3 59.7 68.4 82.2 82.0 78.0 83.3 86.6 54.6 40.0 54.8 77.7
Hungary 63.6 37.4 67.0 78.8 70.5 45.5 73.1 83.7 57.0 31.9 60.0 75.1
Iceland 82.6 77.1 82.6 88.3 85.9 81.2 86.9 89.9 79.1 73.0 76.5 86.9
Ireland 68.3 50.0 69.1 82.0 74.3 59.9 76.3 86.0 62.3 37.7 62.0 78.5
                         
Israel 70.5 44.3 69.0 82.4 77.0 59.6 75.6 87.0 64.3 26.5 62.1 78.7
Italy 64.0 51.2 73.1 79.2 76.6 69.2 82.5 84.9 51.6 32.9 63.6 74.7
Japan 76.0 73.1 79.7 88.7 85.8 92.3 63.3 60.8 66.6
Korea, Republic of 71.2 65.3 69.6 76.1 84.9 77.2 84.1 88.3 57.6 57.6 55.6 60.1
Luxembourg 73.4 61.6 70.2 85.1 82.5 74.9 79.2 90.6 64.1 51.2 60.9 78.6
                         
Mexico 66.8 61.7 71.9 81.7 87.9 87.2 89.8 88.7 48.4 40.7 57.7 73.0
Netherlands. 79.0 63.6 81.7 88.1 85.7 77.7 86.8 90.2 72.2 51.2 76.6 85.7
New Zealand 79.3 69.0 82.4 84.0 86.0 77.1 88.4 90.1 72.9 62.1 74.4 79.3
Norway 82.3 65.4 83.1 90.2 84.8 69.6 86.0 91.8 79.7 61.2 79.4 88.9
Poland 67.4 41.6 66.3 85.3 75.2 53.4 75.1 89.9 59.8 31.0 56.9 82.1
                         
Portugal 73.3 69.0 80.1 86.7 79.0 76.5 83.8 87.6 67.8 61.1 76.5 86.1
Slovak Republic 70.0 30.3 72.0 83.2 78.6 39.0 80.0 89.4 61.5 25.2 63.5 77.7
Slovenia 74.3 53.7 74.6 88.4 78.0 62.5 78.0 90.3 70.5 46.4 70.3 87.1
Spain 65.7 54.0 70.6 81.1 73.6 65.7 77.0 84.6 57.6 41.6 64.0 77.8
Sweden 81.1 64.2 81.3 88.1 83.7 71.9 84.3 89.2 78.4 54.4 77.7 87.2
                         
Switzerland 82.6 67.5 81.7 89.6 89.3 77.6 88.4 92.9 75.8 61.6 75.9 84.4
Turkey 52.0 46.3 58.3 73.6 73.5 70.5 77.9 80.6 27.2 21.8 27.2 63.1
United Kingdom 75.0 56.9 78.3 84.5 81.0 66.7 82.7 88.1 69.0 49.4 73.1 81.0
United States. 71.9 52.5 68.9 80.8 76.4 61.6 72.9 85.4 67.6 41.9 64.8 76.7
                         
Other reporting
   countries
                       
Brazil 73.2 68.7 77.4 85.6 86.3 84.4 88.8 91.3 61.2 53.5 67.7 81.5
—Not available.
1 Refers to the mean of the data values for all reporting OECD countries, to which each country reporting data contributes equally.
NOTE: The "high school completion" columns include International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) levels 3 and 4, with the exception of ISCED level 3C short programs. (ISCED 3C short programs do not correspond to high school completion in the United States and are included in the "less than high school completion" columns in this table.) ISCED level 5B corresponds to the associate's degree in the United States in this table. Also included in the "associate's or higher degree" columns are the following higher level degrees: ISCED 5A, first award, which corresponds to the bachelor's degree in the United States; ISCED 5A, second award, which corresponds to master's and first-professional degrees in the United States; and ISCED 6, which corresponds to doctor's degrees.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Education at a Glance, 2011. (This table was prepared July 2011.)

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