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 December 2019.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Zimbabwe 84.10 2014
2 Iceland 80.30 2018
3 Ethiopia 74.90 2013
4 Madagascar 74.69 2015
5 Cambodia 72.93 2016
6 Tanzania 72.37 2014
7 Solomon Islands 70.78 2013
8 Netherlands 68.87 2018
9 Qatar 68.78 2018
10 Switzerland 67.99 2018
11 Australia 67.85 2018
12 St. Lucia 64.46 2016
13 Central African Republic 64.27 1988
14 New Zealand 64.19 2018
15 Canada 63.34 2018
16 Denmark 63.18 2018
17 Equatorial Guinea 63.04 1983
18 Mozambique 62.55 2015
19 Niger 62.12 2014
20 St. Kitts and Nevis 60.89 1991
21 Grenada 60.50 1998
22 Paraguay 58.55 2018
23 Honduras 57.57 2018
24 China 57.38 2010
25 United Kingdom 57.09 2018
26 Liberia 56.94 2016
27 Austria 56.65 2018
28 Chad 56.52 1993
29 Vietnam 56.40 2018
30 Mali 56.25 2018
31 Malta 55.99 2018
32 Cayman Islands 55.39 2015
33 Brazil 55.26 2018
34 United States 55.22 2018
35 Togo 54.88 2015
36 The Bahamas 54.84 1998
37 Seychelles 54.82 2018
38 United Arab Emirates 54.60 2018
39 Vanuatu 54.49 2009
40 Norway 54.35 2018
41 Sweden 54.23 2018
42 Peru 54.03 2018
43 Finland 53.08 2018
44 Burundi 52.90 2014
45 Colombia 52.66 2018
46 Guatemala 52.48 2017
47 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 52.41 2008
48 Nauru 52.29 2013
49 Nicaragua 51.66 2014
50 Burkina Faso 51.64 2014
51 Antigua and Barbuda 51.01 2001
52 Liechtenstein 50.64 2015
53 Germany 50.28 2018
54 Guyana 50.09 2017
55 Bolivia 49.62 2018
56 Myanmar 48.71 2018
57 Cameroon 48.52 2014
58 Greenland 48.41 1976
59 Belarus 48.20 2009
60 Indonesia 47.74 2018
61 Uruguay 47.74 2018
62 Japan 47.60 2018
63 Estonia 47.33 2018
64 Guinea 47.21 2002
65 Israel 47.07 2018
66 Belize 46.93 2017
67 Kazakhstan 46.93 2008
68 Ireland 46.72 2018
69 Macao SAR, China 46.72 2016
70 El Salvador 46.33 2018
71 Botswana 46.20 2013
72 Andorra 46.14 2008
73 Malawi 46.13 2017
74 Mauritius 45.64 2018
75 Barbados 45.51 2016
76 Costa Rica 45.22 2018
77 Lesotho 45.12 2013
78 Kenya 45.08 2016
79 New Caledonia 44.05 2014
80 Ecuador 44.00 2018
81 Turkey 43.81 2018
82 Mexico 43.74 2018
83 Panama 43.63 2018
84 Dominican Republic 43.60 2017
85 São Tomé and Principe 43.35 1991
86 Dominica 43.16 2001
87 Bahrain 43.14 2015
88 Benin 43.04 2011
89 Malaysia 43.02 2017
90 Uganda 42.92 2017
91 Congo 42.50 2005
92 Thailand 41.63 2018
93 Trinidad and Tobago 41.54 2016
94 The Gambia 41.39 2012
95 Venezuela 40.79 2013
96 Hong Kong SAR, China 40.68 2016
97 Tuvalu 40.53 2016
98 Bangladesh 40.46 2017
99 Georgia 40.44 2018
100 Kyrgyz Republic 40.08 2018
101 Pakistan 40.04 2018
102 Tonga 39.99 1994
103 Haiti 39.96 2012
104 Oman 39.75 2016
105 Timor-Leste 39.73 2016
106 Fiji 39.42 2016
107 Argentina 39.41 2018
108 Brunei 39.29 2017
109 Afghanistan 39.26 2017
110 Cyprus 39.20 2018
111 Rwanda 38.64 2018
112 Slovenia 38.56 2018
113 Cuba 38.46 2008
114 Singapore 38.13 2018
115 Latvia 37.71 2018
116 France 37.68 2018
117 Papua New Guinea 37.27 2010
118 Lithuania 36.48 2018
119 Angola 36.38 2014
120 Azerbaijan 35.98 2007
121 Dem. Rep. Congo 35.94 2012
122 Philippines 35.70 2018
123 Armenia 35.12 2017
124 Poland 35.09 2018
125 Bosnia and Herzegovina 34.88 2019
126 Jamaica 34.18 2018
127 Portugal 34.18 2018
128 Russia 34.13 2018
129 Ukraine 33.66 2018
130 Chile 33.66 2018
131 Croatia 33.49 2018
132 Luxembourg 33.12 2018
133 Jordan 32.99 1979
134 Spain 32.98 2018
135 Montenegro 32.86 2018
136 Cabo Verde 32.60 2018
137 Sri Lanka 32.51 2016
138 Samoa 32.36 2017
139 Slovak Republic 32.29 2018
140 Hungary 32.26 2018
141 Guinea-Bissau 32.07 1979
142 Ghana 31.90 2017
143 North Macedonia 31.83 2018
144 Albania 31.79 2017
145 Suriname 31.12 2015
146 Lebanon 30.73 2007
147 Czech Republic 30.41 2018
148 San Marino 30.37 2016
149 Sudan 30.31 2011
150 Serbia 30.00 2018
151 Nigeria 30.00 2016
152 Syrian Arab Republic 29.65 2009
153 Belgium 29.63 2018
154 Bhutan 29.62 2015
155 Romania 29.50 2018
156 Palau 29.37 2014
157 Côte d'Ivoire 29.25 2017
158 Namibia 29.23 2018
159 Egypt 28.98 2017
160 Mongolia 28.89 2018
161 Tunisia 28.88 2015
162 Sierra Leone 28.78 2014
163 Morocco 28.70 2016
164 Nepal 28.64 2017
165 Lao PDR 28.38 2017
166 Senegal 28.04 2015
167 Iraq 27.40 2017
168 Korea 27.33 2018
169 Iran 27.25 2018
170 India 26.58 2018
171 Puerto Rico 26.40 2012
172 Tajikistan 26.36 2016
173 Italy 26.08 2018
174 Yemen 25.80 2014
175 Kuwait 25.56 2016
176 South Africa 25.45 2018
177 Kiribati 25.15 2015
178 Eswatini 24.90 2016
179 Mauritania 24.61 2012
180 Bulgaria 23.69 2018
181 Greece 23.27 2018
182 Moldova 20.83 2018
183 Algeria 19.50 2017
184 Saudi Arabia 19.28 2018
185 Zambia 18.95 2017
186 Gabon 18.26 2010
187 Libya 17.69 2012
188 Comoros 14.68 2014

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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.