Labor force, total - Country Ranking

Definition: Total labor force comprises people ages 15 and older who meet the International Labour Organization definition of the economically active population: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period. It includes both the employed and the unemployed. While national practices vary in the treatment of such groups as the armed forces and seasonal or part-time workers, in general the labor force includes the armed forces, the unemployed, and first-time job-seekers, but excludes homemakers and other unpaid caregivers and workers in the informal sector.

Source: International Labour Organization, using World Bank population estimates.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 China 806,498,500.00 2014
2 India 496,960,200.00 2014
3 United States 161,048,900.00 2014
4 Indonesia 124,061,100.00 2014
5 Brazil 109,842,900.00 2014
6 Bangladesh 78,976,780.00 2014
7 Russia 76,754,170.00 2014
8 Pakistan 65,361,410.00 2014
9 Japan 65,302,350.00 2014
10 Nigeria 55,784,250.00 2014
11 Mexico 55,561,480.00 2014
12 Vietnam 54,206,660.00 2014
13 Ethiopia 47,012,010.00 2014
14 Philippines 43,807,160.00 2014
15 Germany 42,207,320.00 2014
16 Thailand 40,055,850.00 2014
17 United Kingdom 32,994,130.00 2014
18 Myanmar 30,217,050.00 2014
19 France 30,057,380.00 2014
20 Egypt 29,596,850.00 2014
21 Dem. Rep. Congo 29,023,420.00 2014
22 Turkey 27,778,480.00 2014
23 Iran 27,133,460.00 2014
24 Korea 26,356,230.00 2014
25 Italy 25,785,200.00 2014
26 Tanzania 25,284,700.00 2014
27 Colombia 24,290,680.00 2014
28 Spain 23,342,590.00 2014
29 Ukraine 23,089,480.00 2014
30 South Africa 19,980,060.00 2014
31 Canada 19,726,590.00 2014
32 Argentina 19,540,450.00 2014
33 Poland 18,280,160.00 2014
34 Kenya 17,500,230.00 2014
35 Peru 16,973,530.00 2014
36 Nepal 15,584,790.00 2014
37 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 15,335,860.00 2014
38 Uganda 15,111,600.00 2014
39 Venezuela 14,304,550.00 2014
40 Uzbekistan 13,606,270.00 2014
41 Malaysia 13,300,030.00 2014
42 Morocco 12,498,270.00 2014
43 Sudan 12,474,750.00 2014
44 Mozambique 12,471,080.00 2014
45 Australia 12,420,090.00 2014
46 Algeria 12,355,030.00 2014
47 Saudi Arabia 12,134,930.00 2014
48 Madagascar 12,077,140.00 2014
49 Ghana 11,372,110.00 2014
50 Romania 9,527,721.00 2014
51 Kazakhstan 9,284,810.00 2014
52 Cameroon 9,176,788.00 2014
53 Netherlands 9,019,299.00 2014
54 Angola 8,844,204.00 2014
55 Chile 8,745,002.00 2014
56 Iraq 8,686,537.00 2014
57 Cambodia 8,623,857.00 2014
58 Sri Lanka 8,576,325.00 2014
59 Côte d'Ivoire 8,540,700.00 2014
60 Afghanistan 8,334,374.00 2014
61 Burkina Faso 7,942,183.00 2014
62 Zimbabwe 7,721,545.00 2014
63 Ecuador 7,720,071.00 2014
64 Yemen 7,628,379.00 2014
65 Malawi 7,571,373.00 2014
66 Guatemala 6,827,724.00 2014
67 Zambia 6,720,673.00 2014
68 Senegal 6,316,988.00 2014
69 United Arab Emirates 6,302,492.00 2014
70 Niger 6,132,741.00 2014
71 Syrian Arab Republic 6,104,352.00 2014
72 Mali 5,924,862.00 2014
73 Rwanda 5,694,092.00 2014
74 Cuba 5,383,687.00 2014
75 Portugal 5,379,280.00 2014
76 Czech Republic 5,341,662.00 2014
77 Sweden 5,146,596.00 2014
78 Bolivia 5,145,858.00 2014
79 Guinea 5,060,746.00 2014
80 Chad 5,060,290.00 2014
81 Belgium 4,975,258.00 2014
82 Burundi 4,952,060.00 2014
83 Azerbaijan 4,950,969.00 2014
84 Greece 4,926,892.00 2014
85 Switzerland 4,752,879.00 2014
86 Dominican Republic 4,710,194.00 2014
87 Haiti 4,594,342.00 2014
88 Belarus 4,482,881.00 2014
89 Austria 4,468,626.00 2014
90 Benin 4,444,955.00 2014
91 Hungary 4,383,005.00 2014
92 Tunisia 4,023,313.00 2014
93 Hong Kong SAR, China 3,745,415.00 2014
94 Israel 3,738,337.00 2014
95 Tajikistan 3,676,342.00 2014
96 Lao PDR 3,377,525.00 2014
97 Honduras 3,373,490.00 2014
98 Papua New Guinea 3,365,826.00 2014
99 Bulgaria 3,318,342.00 2014
100 Togo 3,318,091.00 2014
101 Paraguay 3,202,754.00 2014
102 Somalia 3,132,863.00 2014
103 Serbia 3,132,027.00 2014
104 Singapore 3,110,343.00 2014
105 Denmark 2,917,925.00 2014
106 El Salvador 2,749,893.00 2014
107 Slovak Republic 2,738,420.00 2014
108 Kyrgyz Republic 2,727,997.00 2014
109 Norway 2,726,992.00 2014
110 Finland 2,714,587.00 2014
111 Nicaragua 2,657,353.00 2014
112 Eritrea 2,482,414.00 2014
113 Sierra Leone 2,440,884.00 2014
114 New Zealand 2,433,510.00 2014
115 Turkmenistan 2,348,403.00 2014
116 Libya 2,324,217.00 2014
117 Costa Rica 2,316,957.00 2014
118 Central African Republic 2,291,727.00 2014
119 Oman 2,215,647.00 2014
120 Ireland 2,184,332.00 2014
121 Georgia 2,017,915.00 2014
122 Kuwait 1,992,954.00 2014
123 Croatia 1,845,114.00 2014
124 Panama 1,837,203.00 2014
125 Congo 1,827,861.00 2014
126 Jordan 1,771,679.00 2014
127 Uruguay 1,763,727.00 2014
128 Lebanon 1,650,523.00 2014
129 Qatar 1,593,886.00 2014
130 Armenia 1,559,971.00 2014
131 Liberia 1,554,233.00 2014
132 Lithuania 1,537,729.00 2014
133 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1,496,651.00 2014
134 Mongolia 1,328,054.00 2014
135 Jamaica 1,306,181.00 2014
136 Albania 1,292,943.00 2014
137 Mauritania 1,280,621.00 2014
138 Moldova 1,236,917.00 2014
139 Puerto Rico 1,230,321.00 2014
140 Botswana 1,155,963.00 2014
141 Latvia 1,036,589.00 2014
142 Slovenia 1,012,624.00 2014
143 Macedonia 952,721.00 2014
144 Namibia 901,859.00 2014
145 Lesotho 889,178.00 2014
146 The Gambia 801,157.00 2014
147 Guinea-Bissau 780,016.00 2014
148 Bahrain 750,065.00 2014
149 Estonia 687,168.00 2014
150 Trinidad and Tobago 686,710.00 2014
151 Gabon 645,573.00 2014
152 Cyprus 613,733.00 2014
153 Mauritius 592,300.00 2014
154 Swaziland 457,000.00 2014
155 Equatorial Guinea 431,124.00 2014
156 Bhutan 404,127.00 2014
157 Macao SAR, China 360,841.00 2014
158 Fiji 347,161.00 2014
159 Guyana 328,686.00 2014
160 Djibouti 307,005.00 2014
161 Luxembourg 266,117.00 2014
162 Timor-Leste 264,426.00 2014
163 Comoros 263,991.00 2014
164 Montenegro 251,741.00 2014
165 Cabo Verde 244,001.00 2014
166 Solomon Islands 227,975.00 2014
167 The Bahamas 223,955.00 2014
168 Suriname 213,762.00 2014
169 Brunei 203,304.00 2014
170 Iceland 192,535.00 2014
171 Malta 189,081.00 2014
172 Barbados 162,318.00 2014
173 Belize 154,602.00 2014
174 New Caledonia 116,973.00 2014
175 Vanuatu 115,716.00 2014
176 St. Lucia 97,306.00 2014
177 São Tomé and Principe 65,384.00 2014
178 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 54,985.00 2014
179 Samoa 49,879.00 2014
180 Tonga 42,390.00 2014

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Statistical Concept and Methodology: The labor force is the supply of labor available for producing goods and services in an economy. It includes people who are currently employed and people who are unemployed but seeking work as well as first-time job-seekers. Not everyone who works is included, however. Unpaid workers, family workers, and students are often omitted, and some countries do not count members of the armed forces. Labor force size tends to vary during the year as seasonal workers enter and leave. Usually active population is measured in relation to a long reference period such as a year, and the currently active population (labor force) is measured in relation to a short reference period such as one day or one week. The labor force estimates were calculated by applying labor force participation rates from the ILO database to World Bank population estimates to create a series consistent with these population estimates. This procedure sometimes results in labor force estimates that differ slightly from those in the ILO's Yearbook of Labour Statistics and its database Key Indicators of the Labour Market. The labor force participation rates series includes both nationally reported and imputed data. These harmonized estimates use strict data selection criteria and enhanced methods to ensure comparability across countries and over time to avoid the inconsistencies mentioned resulting from data source, definition, reference period, coverage, and age group. Estimates are based mainly on nationally representative labor force surveys, with other sources (population censuses and nationally reported estimates) used only when no survey data are available. Data on employment and unemployment are based on nationally reported data, and caution should be used when comparing the labor force participation rate against employment and unemployment data.

Aggregation method: Sum

Periodicity: Annual