U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate 1990-2021

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.
  • U.S. labor force participation rate for 2019 was 52.37%, a 0.5% increase from 2018.
  • U.S. labor force participation rate for 2018 was 51.87%, a 0.35% decline from 2017.
  • U.S. labor force participation rate for 2017 was 52.22%, a 0.5% increase from 2016.
  • U.S. labor force participation rate for 2016 was 51.72%, a 0.42% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Participation Rate for Ages 15-24
Iceland 77.55%
Netherlands 69.92%
Australia 67.64%
Switzerland 66.47%
Canada 64.65%
New Zealand 63.79%
Qatar 63.68%
Denmark 61.00%
United Kingdom 56.36%
Austria 56.09%
Norway 55.68%
Bahamas 55.38%
Sweden 55.34%
Guam 55.07%
Malta 54.12%
Finland 53.90%
UAE 53.41%
United States 52.37%
Germany 51.40%
Uruguay 48.88%
Japan 48.85%
Channel Islands 48.48%
Ireland 47.02%
Israel 46.85%
Macao 46.61%
New Caledonia 46.42%
Barbados 45.34%
Panama 44.82%
Estonia 44.29%
Singapore 42.44%
Hong Kong 41.59%
Bahrain 41.17%
Trinidad and Tobago 40.04%
Cyprus 39.61%
French Polynesia 39.49%
Argentina 38.44%
Brunei 38.24%
Lithuania 37.61%
France 37.60%
Oman 37.22%
Latvia 36.28%
Poland 35.81%
Slovenia 35.81%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 35.13%
Luxembourg 34.80%
Portugal 34.58%
Croatia 34.07%
Spain 33.55%
Chile 32.39%
Hungary 32.03%
Belgium 30.91%
Slovak Republic 29.77%
Czech Republic 29.71%
South Korea 28.09%
Kuwait 26.27%
Italy 26.04%
Greece 23.40%
Puerto Rico 19.85%
Saudi Arabia 19.06%
U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate - Historical Data
Year Participation Rate for Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 52.37% 0.50%
2018 51.87% -0.35%
2017 52.22% 0.50%
2016 51.72% 0.42%
2015 51.30% 0.18%
2014 51.12% 0.04%
2013 51.08% -0.58%
2012 51.66% 1.05%
2011 50.61% -0.32%
2010 50.93% -1.95%
2009 52.88% -2.03%
2008 54.91% -0.71%
2007 55.62% -1.24%
2006 56.86% 0.07%
2005 56.79% -0.21%
2004 57.00% -0.59%
2003 57.59% -1.82%
2002 59.41% -1.62%
2001 61.03% -1.60%
2000 62.63% -0.02%
1999 62.65% -0.45%
1998 63.10% 0.18%
1997 62.92% -0.09%
1996 63.01% -0.52%
1995 63.53% 0.02%
1994 63.51% 0.86%
1993 62.65% -0.06%
1992 62.71% -0.13%
1991 62.84% -1.63%
1990 64.47% -1.63%