World 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.
  • World labor force participation rate for 2019 was 41.20%, a 0.2% decline from 2018.
  • World labor force participation rate for 2018 was 41.40%, a 0.42% decline from 2017.
  • World labor force participation rate for 2017 was 41.82%, a 0.37% decline from 2016.
  • World labor force participation rate for 2016 was 42.19%, a 0.42% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Participation Rate for Ages 15-24
North America 52.57%
Latin America & Caribbean 48.83%
Sub-Saharan Africa 47.41%
OECD members 46.81%
East Asia & Pacific 46.04%
World 41.20%
Euro Area 40.24%
European Union 39.37%
South Asia 31.76%
World Labor Force Participation Rate - Historical Data
Year Participation Rate for Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 41.20% -0.20%
2018 41.40% -0.42%
2017 41.82% -0.37%
2016 42.19% -0.42%
2015 42.61% -0.51%
2014 43.12% -0.73%
2013 43.85% -0.82%
2012 44.66% -0.78%
2011 45.44% -0.73%
2010 46.17% -0.92%
2009 47.10% -0.74%
2008 47.84% -0.54%
2007 48.38% -0.55%
2006 48.93% -0.65%
2005 49.58% -0.42%
2004 50.00% -0.28%
2003 50.28% -0.68%
2002 50.96% -0.57%
2001 51.53% -0.74%
2000 52.27% -0.79%
1999 53.06% -0.44%
1998 53.50% -0.59%
1997 54.09% -0.70%
1996 54.79% -0.76%
1995 55.55% -0.70%
1994 56.25% -0.48%
1993 56.73% -0.66%
1992 57.40% -0.43%
1991 57.82% -0.47%
1990 58.30% -0.47%