Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24, total (%) (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 99.50 2016
2 Zimbabwe 84.10 2014
3 Iceland 83.00 2016
4 Nauru 76.40 2002
5 Uganda 75.80 2013
6 Nepal 75.60 2008
7 Madagascar 74.70 2015
8 Tanzania 72.40 2014
9 Niger 70.40 2011
10 Switzerland 68.40 2016
11 Netherlands 68.20 2016
12 Australia 66.90 2016
13 Denmark 66.20 2016
14 Mozambique 65.50 2015
15 Rwanda 65.40 2014
16 Malawi 65.10 2013
17 St. Lucia 64.50 2016
17 Togo 64.50 2011
19 Central African Republic 64.30 1988
20 Canada 63.70 2016
21 Cabo Verde 63.50 1990
22 Lao PDR 63.20 2010
23 Equatorial Guinea 63.00 1983
24 New Zealand 62.60 2016
25 Mali 61.90 2016
26 Cambodia 61.70 2012
27 St. Kitts and Nevis 60.90 1991
28 Grenada 60.50 1998
29 Myanmar 59.90 2015
29 Somalia 59.90 1975
31 United Kingdom 58.40 2016
32 Paraguay 57.70 2016
33 Angola 57.60 2011
34 Austria 57.50 2016
35 China 57.40 2010
36 Cameroon 56.90 2010
37 Vietnam 56.80 2016
38 Zambia 56.70 2012
39 Chad 56.50 1993
40 Ethiopia 56.20 2014
41 Vanuatu 55.60 2009
42 Cayman Islands 55.40 2015
43 Seychelles 55.20 2015
43 United States 55.20 2016
45 Tajikistan 54.90 2004
46 Sweden 54.80 2016
46 The Bahamas 54.80 1998
48 Norway 54.60 2016
48 Peru 54.60 2016
50 Brazil 54.10 2016
51 Ghana 53.90 2013
52 Kiribati 53.70 2010
53 Colombia 53.30 2016
54 Burundi 52.90 2014
55 Guatemala 52.80 2016
56 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 52.40 2008
57 Finland 52.20 2016
58 Burkina Faso 51.90 2014
58 Malta 51.90 2016
60 Nicaragua 51.70 2014
61 Honduras 51.00 2016
61 Antigua and Barbuda 51.00 2001
63 Liechtenstein 50.60 2015
64 Uruguay 49.50 2016
65 Germany 49.20 2016
66 Guyana 48.80 2002
67 Israel 48.50 2016
68 Greenland 48.40 1976
69 Afghanistan 48.30 1979
70 Belarus 48.20 2009
71 Belize 47.80 2016
72 Mauritania 47.70 1975
73 Guinea 47.20 2002
74 Kazakhstan 46.90 2008
75 Macao SAR, China 46.70 2016
76 El Salvador 46.20 2016
76 Botswana 46.20 2013
78 Andorra 46.10 2008
79 Indonesia 46.00 2016
80 Dem. Rep. Congo 45.80 2005
81 Barbados 45.50 2016
82 Lesotho 45.10 2013
83 Japan 44.80 2016
83 Ecuador 44.80 2016
83 Trinidad and Tobago 44.80 2015
83 United Arab Emirates 44.80 2008
87 Mexico 44.20 2016
87 Panama 44.20 2016
89 Bolivia 44.10 2015
90 New Caledonia 44.00 2014
91 Mauritius 43.90 2014
92 São Tomé and Principe 43.40 1991
93 Estonia 43.30 2016
94 Dominica 43.20 2001
95 Bahrain 43.10 2015
96 Costa Rica 43.00 2016
96 Benin 43.00 2011
98 Malaysia 42.90 2016
99 Congo 42.50 2005
100 Turkey 42.30 2016
101 Tonga 42.10 1996
101 Thailand 42.10 2015
103 Kyrgyz Republic 41.80 2016
104 The Gambia 41.40 2012
105 Georgia 41.00 2012
105 Dominican Republic 41.00 2006
107 Pakistan 40.30 2015
108 Hong Kong SAR, China 40.10 2015
109 Philippines 39.90 2016
110 Latvia 39.70 2016
111 Armenia 39.50 2015
112 Singapore 39.40 2016
113 Venezuela 39.30 2015
114 Ireland 38.80 2016
115 Argentina 38.60 2014
116 Cuba 38.50 2008
117 Kenya 38.40 2005
118 Fiji 38.10 2014
119 Bangladesh 38.00 2016
120 Russia 37.90 2015
121 Papua New Guinea 37.30 2010
122 Cyprus 37.20 2016
122 Croatia 37.20 2016
124 France 36.90 2016
125 Jamaica 36.70 2016
126 Namibia 36.60 2016
127 Brunei 36.40 2014
128 Ukraine 36.30 2015
129 Côte d'Ivoire 36.20 2016
130 Haiti 36.10 2005
131 Oman 35.80 2003
132 Jordan 35.40 2004
132 Sudan 35.40 1996
134 Lithuania 35.30 2016
135 Tunisia 35.20 2012
136 Chile 34.70 2016
137 Poland 34.50 2016
138 Slovenia 33.70 2016
139 Portugal 33.20 2016
139 Azerbaijan 33.20 2011
141 Spain 33.00 2016
142 Montenegro 32.70 2016
142 Sri Lanka 32.70 2016
144 India 32.60 2012
145 Slovak Republic 32.40 2016
146 Morocco 32.30 2014
146 Hungary 32.30 2016
148 Guinea-Bissau 32.10 1979
149 Czech Republic 32.00 2016
150 Liberia 31.80 2010
151 Kuwait 31.70 2016
152 Palau 31.50 2005
153 Albania 31.40 2015
153 Egypt 31.40 2016
155 Macedonia 31.30 2016
156 Suriname 31.10 2015
157 Lebanon 30.70 2007
157 Luxembourg 30.70 2016
159 Korea 30.50 2016
159 Swaziland 30.50 1997
161 San Marino 30.40 2016
162 Serbia 30.30 2016
163 Bosnia and Herzegovina 30.20 2016
164 Syrian Arab Republic 29.60 2009
164 Bhutan 29.60 2015
166 Iraq 29.10 2004
167 Sierra Leone 28.80 2014
168 Belgium 28.50 2016
169 Romania 28.00 2016
170 Mongolia 27.90 2016
171 Senegal 27.20 2015
172 Iran 26.60 2016
172 Italy 26.60 2016
174 Puerto Rico 26.40 2012
174 South Africa 26.40 2016
176 Yemen 25.80 2014
177 Algeria 24.60 2016
177 Greece 24.60 2016
179 Bulgaria 23.90 2016
180 Nigeria 23.60 2013
181 Samoa 21.80 2014
182 Moldova 19.60 2016
183 Gabon 18.30 2010
184 Libya 17.70 2012
185 Saudi Arabia 17.60 2016
186 Comoros 15.70 2004
187 Timor-Leste 14.20 2013

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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.