Belgium - Labor force participation rate

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

Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, female (%) (national estimate) in Belgium was 26.20 as of 2016. Its highest value over the past 55 years was 47.70 in 1970, while its lowest value was 21.20 in 1981.

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, ILOSTAT database. Data retrieved in November 2017.

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Year Value
1961 46.20
1970 47.70
1981 21.20
1983 41.80
1984 40.80
1985 41.40
1986 41.60
1987 40.20
1988 36.80
1989 33.80
1990 34.10
1991 35.40
1992 35.70
1993 32.70
1994 33.00
1995 31.70
1996 29.90
1997 29.30
1998 29.40
1999 30.10
2000 32.60
2001 30.00
2002 30.20
2003 28.80
2004 32.20
2005 32.30
2006 31.90
2007 31.60
2008 30.80
2009 29.90
2010 29.80
2011 29.80
2012 27.90
2013 28.20
2014 28.10
2015 27.10
2016 26.20

Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, female (%) (modeled ILO estimate)

Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, female (%) (modeled ILO estimate) in Belgium was 26.10 as of 2017. Its highest value over the past 27 years was 35.38 in 1992, while its lowest value was 26.10 in 2017.

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, ILOSTAT database. Early release of the 2017 ILO Labour Force Estimates and Projections, retrieved in November 2017.

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Year Value
1990 34.11
1991 35.19
1992 35.38
1993 32.31
1994 32.70
1995 31.62
1996 30.13
1997 29.75
1998 29.77
1999 30.24
2000 32.52
2001 29.43
2002 29.55
2003 28.21
2004 31.74
2005 32.34
2006 32.22
2007 31.93
2008 31.03
2009 29.96
2010 29.57
2011 29.38
2012 27.42
2013 27.82
2014 27.88
2015 27.16
2016 26.29
2017 26.10

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

Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, male (%) (national estimate) in Belgium was 30.70 as of 2016. Its highest value over the past 55 years was 67.90 in 1961, while its lowest value was 23.10 in 1981.

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, ILOSTAT database. Data retrieved in November 2017.

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Year Value
1961 67.90
1970 62.20
1981 23.10
1983 46.00
1984 43.70
1985 43.20
1986 43.90
1987 42.80
1988 38.50
1989 38.20
1990 37.00
1991 37.60
1992 36.70
1993 36.10
1994 37.30
1995 36.00
1996 35.60
1997 34.60
1998 35.80
1999 35.50
2000 38.70
2001 37.20
2002 37.30
2003 38.00
2004 35.80
2005 37.60
2006 37.40
2007 36.10
2008 36.00
2009 34.90
2010 35.20
2011 34.10
2012 35.00
2013 33.70
2014 32.20
2015 32.80
2016 30.70

Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, male (%) (modeled ILO estimate)

Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, male (%) (modeled ILO estimate) in Belgium was 30.70 as of 2017. Its highest value over the past 27 years was 38.76 in 2000, while its lowest value was 30.70 in 2017.

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, ILOSTAT database. Early release of the 2017 ILO Labour Force Estimates and Projections, retrieved in November 2017.

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Year Value
1990 37.61
1991 37.95
1992 36.84
1993 36.14
1994 37.04
1995 35.87
1996 35.78
1997 35.13
1998 36.27
1999 35.89
2000 38.76
2001 36.84
2002 36.85
2003 37.60
2004 35.64
2005 37.94
2006 38.04
2007 36.84
2008 36.48
2009 35.13
2010 35.09
2011 33.75
2012 34.49
2013 33.31
2014 32.11
2015 32.89
2016 30.94
2017 30.70

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

Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, total (%) (national estimate) in Belgium was 28.50 as of 2016. Its highest value over the past 55 years was 57.20 in 1961, while its lowest value was 22.20 in 1981.

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, ILOSTAT database. Data retrieved in November 2017.

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Year Value
1961 57.20
1970 55.10
1981 22.20
1983 43.90
1984 42.20
1985 42.30
1986 42.70
1987 41.50
1988 37.70
1989 36.00
1990 35.50
1991 36.50
1992 36.20
1993 34.40
1994 35.20
1995 33.90
1996 32.80
1997 32.00
1998 32.60
1999 32.90
2000 35.70
2001 33.60
2002 33.80
2003 33.50
2004 34.00
2005 35.00
2006 34.70
2007 33.90
2008 33.40
2009 32.40
2010 32.50
2011 32.00
2012 31.50
2013 31.00
2014 30.20
2015 30.00
2016 28.50

Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, total (%) (modeled ILO estimate)

Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, total (%) (modeled ILO estimate) in Belgium was 28.45 as of 2017. Its highest value over the past 27 years was 36.60 in 1991, while its lowest value was 28.45 in 2017.

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, ILOSTAT database. Early release of the 2017 ILO Labour Force Estimates and Projections, retrieved in November 2017.

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Year Value
1990 35.90
1991 36.60
1992 36.13
1993 34.27
1994 34.92
1995 33.79
1996 33.02
1997 32.50
1998 33.10
1999 33.13
2000 35.71
2001 33.22
2002 33.29
2003 33.01
2004 33.73
2005 35.20
2006 35.18
2007 34.43
2008 33.80
2009 32.58
2010 32.37
2011 31.59
2012 31.00
2013 30.61
2014 30.03
2015 30.08
2016 28.66
2017 28.45

Labor force participation rate, female (% of female population ages 15+) (national estimate)

Labor force participation rate, female (% of female population ages 15+) (national estimate) in Belgium was 47.80 as of 2016. Its highest value over the past 55 years was 48.10 in 2014, while its lowest value was 25.50 in 1961.

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, ILOSTAT database. Data retrieved in November 2017.

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Year Value
1961 25.50
1970 28.10
1977 28.70
1979 30.20
1980 30.70
1981 28.50
1983 36.30
1984 36.10
1985 36.50
1986 36.90
1987 36.60
1988 36.40
1989 36.20
1990 36.60
1991 38.00
1992 38.90
1993 39.60
1994 40.20
1995 40.50
1996 40.60
1997 41.00
1998 41.70
1999 43.20
2000 43.60
2001 41.90
2002 42.60
2003 43.00
2004 44.20
2005 45.70
2006 45.80
2007 46.50
2008 46.90
2009 47.00
2010 47.70
2011 47.00
2012 47.10
2013 47.80
2014 48.10
2015 48.00
2016 47.80

Labor force participation rate, female (% of female population ages 15+) (modeled ILO estimate)

Labor force participation rate, female (% of female population ages 15+) (modeled ILO estimate) in Belgium was 47.81 as of 2017. Its highest value over the past 27 years was 48.02 in 2015, while its lowest value was 36.56 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, ILOSTAT database. Early release of the 2017 ILO Labour Force Estimates and Projections, retrieved in November 2017.

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Year Value
1990 36.56
1991 37.95
1992 38.74
1993 39.45
1994 40.05
1995 40.48
1996 40.53
1997 40.97
1998 41.53
1999 43.14
2000 43.57
2001 41.72
2002 42.36
2003 42.68
2004 43.96
2005 45.49
2006 45.62
2007 46.41
2008 46.73
2009 46.75
2010 47.49
2011 46.81
2012 46.89
2013 47.59
2014 48.01
2015 48.02
2016 47.77
2017 47.81

Ratio of female to male labor force participation rate (%) (national estimate)

Ratio of female to male labor force participation rate (%) (national estimate) in Belgium was 81.43 as of 2016. Its highest value over the past 55 years was 81.49 in 2015, while its lowest value was 33.55 in 1961.

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. Ratio of female to male labor force participation rate is calculated by dividing female labor force participation rate by male labor force participation rate and multiplying by 100.

Source: Derived using data from International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database. Data retrieved in November 2017.

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Year Value
1961 33.55
1970 39.19
1977 52.85
1979 55.51
1980 56.75
1981 54.70
1983 55.08
1984 56.06
1985 56.59
1986 57.84
1987 58.47
1988 59.00
1989 58.86
1990 60.00
1991 61.89
1992 63.56
1993 65.35
1994 65.69
1995 66.18
1996 66.67
1997 67.55
1998 68.81
1999 70.59
2000 70.89
2001 69.26
2002 70.53
2003 71.31
2004 73.30
2005 74.43
2006 75.21
2007 76.10
2008 77.14
2009 77.81
2010 78.45
2011 78.73
2012 78.89
2013 80.07
2014 81.25
2015 81.49
2016 81.43

Ratio of female to male labor force participation rate (%) (modeled ILO estimate)

Ratio of female to male labor force participation rate (%) (modeled ILO estimate) in Belgium was 81.39 as of 2017. Its highest value over the past 27 years was 81.39 in 2017, while its lowest value was 60.17 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. Ratio of female to male labor force participation rate is calculated by dividing female labor force participation rate by male labor force participation rate and multiplying by 100.

Source: Derived using data from International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database. Data retrieved in November 2017.

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Year Value
1990 60.17
1991 62.17
1992 63.78
1993 65.52
1994 65.84
1995 66.39
1996 66.72
1997 67.76
1998 68.74
1999 70.61
2000 71.00
2001 69.23
2002 70.55
2003 71.23
2004 73.25
2005 74.22
2006 75.04
2007 75.92
2008 76.81
2009 77.43
2010 78.12
2011 78.44
2012 78.52
2013 79.72
2014 80.85
2015 81.20
2016 81.01
2017 81.39

Labor force participation rate, male (% of male population ages 15+) (national estimate)

Labor force participation rate, male (% of male population ages 15+) (national estimate) in Belgium was 58.70 as of 2016. Its highest value over the past 55 years was 76.00 in 1961, while its lowest value was 52.10 in 1981.

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, ILOSTAT database. Data retrieved in November 2017.

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Year Value
1961 76.00
1970 71.70
1977 54.30
1979 54.40
1980 54.10
1981 52.10
1983 65.90
1984 64.40
1985 64.50
1986 63.80
1987 62.60
1988 61.70
1989 61.50
1990 61.00
1991 61.40
1992 61.20
1993 60.60
1994 61.20
1995 61.20
1996 60.90
1997 60.70
1998 60.60
1999 61.20
2000 61.50
2001 60.50
2002 60.40
2003 60.30
2004 60.30
2005 61.40
2006 60.90
2007 61.10
2008 60.80
2009 60.40
2010 60.80
2011 59.70
2012 59.70
2013 59.70
2014 59.20
2015 58.90
2016 58.70

Labor force participation rate, male (% of male population ages 15+) (modeled ILO estimate)

Labor force participation rate, male (% of male population ages 15+) (modeled ILO estimate) in Belgium was 58.74 as of 2017. Its highest value over the past 27 years was 61.36 in 2000, while its lowest value was 58.74 in 2017.

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, ILOSTAT database. Early release of the 2017 ILO Labour Force Estimates and Projections, retrieved in November 2017.

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Year Value
1990 60.76
1991 61.04
1992 60.74
1993 60.21
1994 60.84
1995 60.97
1996 60.74
1997 60.46
1998 60.42
1999 61.09
2000 61.36
2001 60.27
2002 60.04
2003 59.92
2004 60.01
2005 61.29
2006 60.79
2007 61.13
2008 60.84
2009 60.37
2010 60.79
2011 59.67
2012 59.72
2013 59.71
2014 59.38
2015 59.14
2016 58.96
2017 58.74

Labor force participation rate, total (% of total population ages 15+) (national estimate)

Labor force participation rate, total (% of total population ages 15+) (national estimate) in Belgium was 53.10 as of 2016. Its highest value over the past 55 years was 54.10 in 2010, while its lowest value was 40.00 in 1981.

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, ILOSTAT database. Data retrieved in November 2017.

See also:

Year Value
1961 49.90
1970 49.20
1977 41.20
1979 42.00
1980 42.10
1981 40.00
1983 50.70
1984 49.70
1985 50.00
1986 49.90
1987 49.10
1988 48.60
1989 48.40
1990 48.30
1991 49.30
1992 49.60
1993 49.70
1994 50.30
1995 50.50
1996 50.40
1997 50.50
1998 50.80
1999 51.90
2000 52.30
2001 50.90
2002 51.20
2003 51.40
2004 52.00
2005 53.30
2006 53.10
2007 53.60
2008 53.70
2009 53.50
2010 54.10
2011 53.20
2012 53.20
2013 53.60
2014 53.50
2015 53.30
2016 53.10

Labor force participation rate, total (% of total population ages 15+) (modeled ILO estimate)

Labor force participation rate, total (% of total population ages 15+) (modeled ILO estimate) in Belgium was 53.15 as of 2017. Its highest value over the past 27 years was 53.97 in 2010, while its lowest value was 48.27 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, ILOSTAT database. Early release of the 2017 ILO Labour Force Estimates and Projections, retrieved in November 2017.

See also:

Year Value
1990 48.27
1991 49.12
1992 49.39
1993 49.50
1994 50.12
1995 50.40
1996 50.32
1997 50.41
1998 50.69
1999 51.85
2000 52.20
2001 50.72
2002 50.94
2003 51.05
2004 51.76
2005 53.17
2006 53.00
2007 53.57
2008 53.60
2009 53.38
2010 53.97
2011 53.07
2012 53.14
2013 53.49
2014 53.55
2015 53.45
2016 53.23
2017 53.15

Classification

Topic: Labor & Social Protection Indicators

Sub-Topic: Labor force structure