# Korea - Labor participation rate

## Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, female (%)

Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, female (%) in Korea was 29.50 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 41.90 in 1991, while its lowest value was 29.50 in 2011.

Definition: Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24 is the proportion of the population ages 15-24 that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.

Source: International Labour Organization, Key Indicators of the Labour Market database.

Year Value
1990 41.20
1991 41.90
1992 41.60
1993 41.40
1994 41.30
1995 41.80
1996 41.20
1997 40.90
1998 37.20
1999 36.60
2000 37.20
2001 37.90
2002 38.40
2003 38.40
2004 39.20
2005 38.60
2006 35.80
2007 33.30
2008 31.10
2009 29.60
2010 30.00
2011 29.50

## Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, male (%)

Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, male (%) in Korea was 22.90 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 36.00 in 1994, while its lowest value was 22.90 in 2011.

Definition: Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24 is the proportion of the population ages 15-24 that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.

Source: International Labour Organization, Key Indicators of the Labour Market database.

Year Value
1990 35.30
1991 35.70
1992 35.60
1993 34.50
1994 36.00
1995 35.60
1996 35.20
1997 34.10
1998 32.60
1999 32.80
2000 32.80
2001 31.40
2002 31.80
2003 31.10
2004 32.10
2005 30.60
2006 28.80
2007 27.60
2008 24.60
2009 23.70
2010 23.10
2011 22.90

## Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, total (%)

Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, total (%) in Korea was 26.00 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 38.70 in 1991, while its lowest value was 26.00 in 2011.

Definition: Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24 is the proportion of the population ages 15-24 that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.

Source: International Labour Organization, Key Indicators of the Labour Market database.

Year Value
1990 38.20
1991 38.70
1992 38.50
1993 37.90
1994 38.60
1995 38.60
1996 38.10
1997 37.40
1998 34.80
1999 34.60
2000 34.90
2001 34.50
2002 34.90
2003 34.60
2004 35.50
2005 34.40
2006 32.10
2007 30.30
2008 27.70
2009 26.50
2010 26.30
2011 26.00

## Labor force participation rate, female (% of female population ages 15-64)

Labor force participation rate, female (% of female population ages 15-64) in Korea was 54.30 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 54.70 in 2007, while its lowest value was 49.70 in 1990.

Definition: Labor force participation rate is the proportion of the population ages 15-64 that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.

Source: International Labour Organization, Key Indicators of the Labour Market database.

Year Value
1990 49.70
1991 49.80
1992 49.70
1993 49.90
1994 50.70
1995 51.50
1996 52.20
1997 53.30
1998 50.60
1999 51.10
2000 52.20
2001 52.80
2002 53.40
2003 52.80
2004 54.00
2005 54.40
2006 54.70
2007 54.70
2008 54.50
2009 53.70
2010 54.30
2011 54.30

## Labor force participation rate, male (% of male population ages 15-64)

Labor force participation rate, male (% of male population ages 15-64) in Korea was 75.30 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 77.50 in 1997, while its lowest value was 75.20 in 1990.

Definition: Labor force participation rate is the proportion of the population ages 15-64 that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.

Source: International Labour Organization, Key Indicators of the Labour Market database.

Year Value
1990 75.20
1991 75.90
1992 76.30
1993 76.30
1994 77.10
1995 77.40
1996 77.50
1997 77.50
1998 76.70
1999 76.00
2000 76.00
2001 75.80
2002 76.50
2003 76.60
2004 77.00
2005 76.70
2006 76.20
2007 76.20
2008 75.60
2009 75.20
2010 75.40
2011 75.30

## Labor force participation rate, total (% of total population ages 15-64)

Labor force participation rate, total (% of total population ages 15-64) in Korea was 65.00 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 65.60 in 2007, while its lowest value was 62.50 in 1990.

Definition: Labor force participation rate is the proportion of the population ages 15-64 that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.

Source: International Labour Organization, Key Indicators of the Labour Market database.

Year Value
1990 62.50
1991 62.90
1992 63.10
1993 63.20
1994 64.00
1995 64.50
1996 65.00
1997 65.50
1998 63.80
1999 63.70
2000 64.20
2001 64.40
2002 65.10
2003 64.90
2004 65.60
2005 65.60
2006 65.60
2007 65.60
2008 65.20
2009 64.60
2010 65.00
2011 65.00

## Labor participation rate, female (% of female population ages 15+)

Labor participation rate, female (% of female population ages 15+) in Korea was 49.20 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 50.20 in 2006, while its lowest value was 47.00 in 1992.

Definition: Labor force participation rate is the proportion of the population ages 15 and older that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.

Source: International Labour Organization, Key Indicators of the Labour Market database.

Year Value
1990 47.10
1991 47.10
1992 47.00
1993 47.00
1994 47.80
1995 48.50
1996 49.10
1997 50.10
1998 47.40
1999 47.90
2000 48.90
2001 49.30
2002 49.70
2003 48.80
2004 49.80
2005 50.00
2006 50.20
2007 50.10
2008 49.80
2009 48.90
2010 49.20
2011 49.20

## Ratio of female to male labor participation rate (%)

Ratio of female to male labor participation rate (%) in Korea was 68.91 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 69.07 in 2008, while its lowest value was 63.17 in 1992.

Definition: Labor force participation rate is the proportion of the population ages 15 and older that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.

Source: International Labour Organization, Key Indicators of the Labour Market database.

Year Value
1990 64.17
1991 63.65
1992 63.17
1993 63.26
1994 63.65
1995 64.41
1996 65.21
1997 66.53
1998 63.80
1999 65.08
2000 66.62
2001 67.35
2002 67.34
2003 66.39
2004 67.48
2005 68.12
2006 68.86
2007 68.72
2008 69.07
2009 68.30
2010 68.72
2011 68.91

## Labor participation rate, male (% of male population ages 15+)

Labor participation rate, male (% of male population ages 15+) in Korea was 71.40 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 75.30 in 1997, while its lowest value was 71.40 in 2011.

Definition: Labor force participation rate is the proportion of the population ages 15 and older that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.

Source: International Labour Organization, Key Indicators of the Labour Market database.

Year Value
1990 73.40
1991 74.00
1992 74.40
1993 74.30
1994 75.10
1995 75.30
1996 75.30
1997 75.30
1998 74.30
1999 73.60
2000 73.40
2001 73.20
2002 73.80
2003 73.50
2004 73.80
2005 73.40
2006 72.90
2007 72.90
2008 72.10
2009 71.60
2010 71.60
2011 71.40

## Labor participation rate, total (% of total population ages 15+)

Labor participation rate, total (% of total population ages 15+) in Korea was 60.20 as of 2011. Its highest value over the past 21 years was 62.50 in 1997, while its lowest value was 60.10 in 1990.

Definition: Labor force participation rate is the proportion of the population ages 15 and older that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.

Source: International Labour Organization, Key Indicators of the Labour Market database.

Year Value
1990 60.10
1991 60.40
1992 60.60
1993 60.50
1994 61.30
1995 61.70
1996 62.10
1997 62.50
1998 60.70
1999 60.60
2000 61.00
2001 61.10
2002 61.60
2003 61.00
2004 61.60
2005 61.50
2006 61.40
2007 61.40
2008 60.80
2009 60.10
2010 60.30
2011 60.20

## Classification

Sub-Topic: Labor force structure