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

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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Rank Country Value Year
1 Qatar 99.80 2016
2 Mauritania 91.70 1975
3 Afghanistan 91.30 1979
4 Somalia 87.00 1975
5 Zimbabwe 85.40 2014
6 Equatorial Guinea 85.20 1983
7 Nauru 84.40 2002
8 Niger 83.50 2011
9 Iceland 82.60 2016
10 Cabo Verde 79.50 1990
11 Uganda 77.10 2013
12 Nepal 76.80 2008
13 Madagascar 76.40 2015
14 Tanzania 74.40 2014
15 Guatemala 72.00 2016
16 Nicaragua 71.40 2014
17 Central African Republic 71.20 1988
18 Mali 70.00 2016
19 Paraguay 69.70 2016
20 Honduras 69.10 2016
21 Grenada 68.50 1998
22 Guinea-Bissau 68.40 1979
22 St. Kitts and Nevis 68.40 1991
24 St. Lucia 68.20 2016
25 Switzerland 67.80 2016
25 Myanmar 67.80 2015
27 Australia 67.30 2016
28 Netherlands 67.20 2016
29 Malawi 67.00 2013
30 Guyana 66.20 2002
31 Rwanda 65.70 2014
32 New Zealand 65.00 2016
32 Denmark 65.00 2016
34 Togo 64.70 2011
35 Mozambique 64.40 2015
36 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 63.90 2001
37 Canada 63.40 2016
38 Cambodia 61.70 2012
39 Colombia 61.20 2016
39 Cameroon 61.20 2010
41 Vanuatu 61.00 2009
41 El Salvador 61.00 2016
43 Tajikistan 60.60 2004
44 Brazil 60.50 2016
45 Austria 60.20 2016
46 Vietnam 60.00 2016
46 São Tomé and Principe 60.00 1991
48 Belize 59.90 2016
49 Pakistan 59.80 2015
50 China 59.60 2010
51 Lao PDR 59.40 2010
51 Peru 59.40 2016
53 Burkina Faso 59.30 2014
53 United Kingdom 59.30 2016
55 Seychelles 59.10 2015
56 Kiribati 58.00 2010
56 Angola 58.00 2011
58 Greenland 57.70 1976
59 Ethiopia 57.50 2014
60 Mexico 57.20 2016
61 The Bahamas 57.10 1998
62 United Arab Emirates 56.90 2008
63 United States 56.50 2016
64 Antigua and Barbuda 56.20 2001
65 Chad 56.00 1993
66 Panama 55.90 2016
67 Ghana 55.80 2013
68 Uruguay 55.60 2016
69 Indonesia 55.00 2016
70 Bahrain 54.90 2015
71 Liechtenstein 54.60 2015
72 Ecuador 54.40 2016
72 Malta 54.40 2016
74 Turkey 54.20 2016
74 Sweden 54.20 2016
76 Norway 54.00 2016
77 Dominican Republic 53.90 2006
77 Tonga 53.90 1996
79 Bolivia 53.60 2015
80 Belarus 53.50 2009
81 Venezuela 53.30 2012
82 Bangladesh 53.10 2016
83 Kyrgyz Republic 52.90 2016
84 Lesotho 52.60 2013
85 Mauritius 52.30 2014
86 Trinidad and Tobago 52.20 2015
87 Cayman Islands 52.00 2015
88 Costa Rica 51.40 2016
89 Finland 51.20 2016
90 Jordan 51.00 2004
91 Germany 50.90 2016
92 Dominica 50.50 2001
93 Iraq 50.20 2004
94 Malaysia 49.90 2016
94 Kazakhstan 49.90 2008
96 Botswana 49.80 2013
97 Syrian Arab Republic 49.50 2009
97 Thailand 49.50 2015
99 Philippines 49.20 2016
100 Israel 49.00 2016
101 India 48.60 2012
102 Oman 47.70 2003
103 Macao SAR, China 47.50 2016
104 New Caledonia 47.30 2014
105 Tunisia 47.10 2012
105 Fiji 47.10 2014
107 Burundi 47.00 2014
108 Argentina 46.60 2014
109 The Gambia 46.30 2012
110 Morocco 46.20 2014
110 Barbados 46.20 2016
112 Estonia 46.10 2016
113 Yemen 44.80 2014
113 Japan 44.80 2016
115 Cuba 44.70 2008
116 Sudan 44.60 1996
117 Kuwait 44.20 2016
118 Zambia 44.10 2000
119 Armenia 43.80 2015
120 Latvia 43.20 2016
121 Sri Lanka 42.90 2016
122 Guinea 42.00 2002
122 Lebanon 42.00 2007
122 Egypt 42.00 2016
125 Croatia 41.90 2016
125 Russia 41.90 2015
127 Kenya 41.60 2005
128 Iran 41.40 2016
129 Congo 41.30 2005
130 Côte d'Ivoire 41.10 2016
131 Singapore 40.90 2016
132 Georgia 40.60 2008
132 Algeria 40.60 2016
132 Ukraine 40.60 2015
135 Dem. Rep. Congo 40.30 2005
135 Suriname 40.30 2015
137 Ireland 40.20 2016
138 Jamaica 40.00 2016
139 France 39.80 2016
139 Poland 39.80 2016
139 Slovak Republic 39.80 2016
142 Chile 39.40 2016
143 Haiti 39.30 2005
143 Brunei 39.30 2014
145 Albania 39.20 2015
145 Macedonia 39.20 2016
147 Namibia 38.90 2016
148 Hong Kong SAR, China 38.80 2015
149 Lithuania 38.70 2016
150 Benin 38.40 2011
151 Bosnia and Herzegovina 38.10 2016
152 Czech Republic 37.50 2016
153 Slovenia 36.80 2016
153 Serbia 36.80 2016
155 Palau 36.20 2005
156 Hungary 36.10 2016
157 Cyprus 35.80 2016
157 Papua New Guinea 35.80 2010
159 Montenegro 35.70 2016
160 Portugal 35.00 2016
161 Spain 34.70 2016
162 San Marino 34.40 2016
163 Azerbaijan 34.00 2011
164 Swaziland 33.90 1997
164 Romania 33.90 2016
166 Mongolia 33.50 2016
167 Senegal 33.10 2015
168 Liberia 32.50 2010
169 Puerto Rico 31.00 2012
170 Belgium 30.70 2016
171 Luxembourg 30.40 2016
172 Italy 30.20 2016
173 South Africa 29.30 2016
174 Bhutan 28.00 2015
174 Bulgaria 28.00 2016
176 Saudi Arabia 27.30 2016
177 Samoa 27.10 2014
178 Greece 26.40 2016
179 Korea 26.30 2016
180 Nigeria 25.80 2013
181 Libya 24.00 2012
182 Sierra Leone 23.30 2014
183 Moldova 21.30 2016
184 Gabon 20.80 2010
185 Timor-Leste 16.80 2013
186 Comoros 15.90 2004

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Development Relevance: Estimates of women in the labor force and employment are generally lower than those of men and are not comparable internationally, reflecting that demographic, social, legal, and cultural trends and norms determine whether women's activities are regarded as economic. In many low-income countries women often work on farms or in other family enterprises without pay, and others work in or near their homes, mixing work and family activities during the day. In many high-income economies, women have been increasingly acquiring higher education that has led to better-compensated, longer-term careers rather than lower-skilled, shorter-term jobs. However, access to good- paying occupations for women remains unequal in many occupations and countries around the world. Labor force statistics by gender is important to monitor gender disparities in employment and unemployment patterns.

Limitations and Exceptions: Data on the labor force are compiled by the ILO from labor force surveys, censuses, and establishment censuses and surveys. For some countries a combination of these sources is used. Labor force surveys are the most comprehensive source for internationally comparable labor force data. They can cover all non-institutionalized civilians, all branches and sectors of the economy, and all categories of workers, including people holding multiple jobs. By contrast, labor force data from population censuses are often based on a limited number of questions on the economic characteristics of individuals, with little scope to probe. The resulting data often differ from labor force survey data and vary considerably by country, depending on the census scope and coverage. Establishment censuses and surveys provide data only on the employed population, not unemployed workers, workers in small establishments, or workers in the informal sector. The reference period of a census or survey is another important source of differences: in some countries data refer to people's status on the day of the census or survey or during a specific period before the inquiry date, while in others data are recorded without reference to any period. In countries, where the household is the basic unit of production and all members contribute to output, but some at low intensity or irregularly, the estimated labor force may be much smaller than the numbers actually working. Differing definitions of employment age also affect comparability. For most countries the working age is 15 and older, but in some countries children younger than 15 work full- or part-time and are included in the estimates. Similarly, some countries have an upper age limit. As a result, calculations may systematically over- or underestimate actual rates.

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.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: The series for ILO estimates is also available in the WDI database. Caution should be used when comparing ILO estimates with national estimates.