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Activity rate. By sex. Provinces 2021
Barcelona Girona Lleida Tarragona Catalonia Spain
Men
2021 65.5 66.4 67.7 63.5 65.5 63.6
2020 65.2 65.8 64.9 64.2 65.1 62.9
2019 66.4 67.4 67.2 64.8 66.4 64.3
2018 66.7 67.7 64.6 66.0 66.6 64.6
2017 67.2 67.2 65.6 65.3 66.9 64.7
2016 67.3 66.5 67.0 66.2 67.1 65.1
2015 67.5 68.8 69.4 68.6 67.9 65.7
2014 67.7 70.2 67.2 68.7 68.0 65.8
2013 68.8 69.7 68.2 69.9 69.0 66.4
2012 69.8 70.3 68.4 68.8 69.6 67.1
2011 71.0 71.2 67.9 70.4 70.8 67.6
2010 71.4 73.0 68.4 69.9 71.2 68.2
2009 71.2 73.9 71.3 70.8 71.4 68.6
2008 72.7 76.1 70.6 72.4 72.9 69.5
2007 72.9 74.4 70.4 71.8 72.7 69.4
2006 72.8 74.3 71.5 71.3 72.7 69.2
2005 72.3 74.3 70.7 72.4 72.4 69.0
2004 71.9 74.7 67.5 70.4 71.8 68.2
2003 72.5 73.1 66.8 71.2 72.1 67.9
2002 70.9 72.3 66.7 70.9 70.8 67.1
2001 69.1 76.5 67.1 72.5 70.0 66.2
Women
2021 57.7 59.0 57.4 52.6 57.3 53.7
2020 56.1 56.6 56.9 52.8 55.8 52.2
2019 57.3 58.6 56.9 53.4 57.0 53.3
2018 56.5 57.1 54.8 54.7 56.3 53.1
2017 57.3 57.8 53.5 54.7 56.9 53.2
2016 57.8 58.5 53.5 53.9 57.2 53.6
2015 57.0 58.1 56.3 56.7 57.0 53.7
2014 57.7 59.5 54.7 56.0 57.5 53.7
2013 57.5 59.9 56.6 56.0 57.6 53.9
2012 57.7 59.6 55.3 55.2 57.5 54.0
2011 57.9 59.5 54.7 55.8 57.6 53.4
2010 57.0 58.1 52.1 54.5 56.6 52.7
2009 56.4 56.0 53.7 53.3 55.9 52.0
2008 55.9 54.9 54.1 52.5 55.3 50.9
2007 54.5 55.6 49.7 51.5 54.1 49.5
2006 53.5 56.5 49.9 51.1 53.4 48.5
2005 52.1 56.2 48.9 49.3 52.1 47.0
2004 51.7 56.3 44.2 50.2 51.5 45.7
2003 50.3 53.3 41.5 50.0 50.0 44.4
2002 48.1 50.0 41.2 48.5 47.9 42.7
2001 45.8 52.5 43.9 47.8 46.5 40.4
Total
2021 61.4 62.7 62.6 58.0 61.3 58.5
2020 60.4 61.2 61.0 58.5 60.3 57.4
2019 61.7 63.0 62.1 59.0 61.6 58.6
2018 61.4 62.4 59.8 60.3 61.3 58.6
2017 62.0 62.5 59.6 59.9 61.7 58.8
2016 62.4 62.5 60.3 60.0 62.0 59.2
2015 62.1 63.4 62.9 62.6 62.3 59.5
2014 62.5 64.8 61.0 62.4 62.6 59.6
2013 63.0 64.8 62.5 63.0 63.1 60.0
2012 63.6 65.0 61.9 62.0 63.4 60.4
2011 64.3 65.4 61.4 63.2 64.1 60.3
2010 64.0 65.6 60.4 62.2 63.8 60.3
2009 63.6 65.1 62.7 62.1 63.5 60.2
2008 64.1 65.6 62.5 62.6 64.0 60.1
2007 63.5 65.1 60.2 61.8 63.3 59.3
2006 62.9 65.5 60.9 61.3 62.9 58.6
2005 62.0 65.3 59.9 61.0 62.1 57.8
2004 61.5 65.5 55.9 60.3 61.5 56.7
2003 61.1 63.2 54.2 60.6 60.8 55.8
2002 59.2 61.1 53.9 59.6 59.1 54.6
2001 57.1 64.2 55.7 60.0 57.9 53.0
Units: Per cent (annual averages).
Source: Idescat, based on data from the INE's Economically Active Population Survey.

Methodological note

Definition of concepts

Activity rate
Ratio between the active population and the population aged 16 years or more.

Methodological aspects

The Economically Active Population Survey (EPA) is the main source of information about the labour market. The EPA is a sample-based research study of an ongoing nature conducted on a quarterly basis throughout Spain by the INE. The data presented in the Yearbook, however, corresponds to the national averages of of the quarterly results in relation to the following concepts:

  • active population
  • activity rate
  • employed population
  • employment rate
  • unemployed population
  • unemployment rate

The Idescat produces an extension of the annual results of the EPA that enables more detailed analysis of these variables and by specific groups:

  • employed population (by type of working day, by time in current job)
  • salaried working population
  • type of household in accordance with the relations its members have with economic activity

Agriculture and industry terms refer to sections A (agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing) and BE (mining and quarrying, manufacturing, energy, water and waste) of the NACE.

Until 2007 economic activity is classified according to the Catalan classification of economic activities 1993 Revision 1 (CCAE Rev.1). From 2008, in accordance with the new CCAE-2009.

The data for the 2002-2013 period was revised in May 2014 since the new reference population figures from the Population and Housing Census 2011 and the introduction of new criteria in the calibration of the expansion factors have made it necessary to recalculate the Economically Active Population Survey series for the period in question. Further information at: Economically Active Population Survey. Review 2005-2013 series.

Unavailable information is represented using the symbol ":". When the value is lower than that of the minimum unit to be able to estimate the statistical operation or if it effects statistical confidentiality, the symbol used is "..".