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Labor > Labor force, total: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Labor force, total. Total labor force comprises people ages 15 and older who meet the International Labour Organization definition of the economically active population: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period. It includes both the employed and the unemployed. While national practices vary in the treatment of such groups as the armed forces and seasonal or part-time workers, in general the labor force includes the armed forces, the unemployed, and first-time job-seekers, but excludes homemakers and other unpaid caregivers and workers in the informal sector.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 China 787.63 million 2012
2 India 484.34 million 2012
3 European Union 250.03 million 2012
4 United States 158.69 million 2012
South Asia average (profile) 126.41 million 2012
5 Indonesia 118.38 million 2012
6 Brazil 104.75 million 2012
Non-religious countries average (profile) 79.16 million 2012
Emerging markets average (profile) 78.85 million 2012
7 Russia 77.06 million 2012
8 Bangladesh 76.04 million 2012
9 Japan 65.28 million 2012
10 Pakistan 63.78 million 2012
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 53.43 million 2012
11 Vietnam 52.86 million 2012
12 Mexico 52.85 million 2012
13 Nigeria 52.64 million 2012
South and Central Asia average (profile) 52.41 million 2012
14 Ethiopia 43.59 million 2012
15 Germany 42.52 million 2012
16 Philippines 41.28 million 2012
Religious countries average (profile) 39.62 million 2012
17 Thailand 39.42 million 2012
18 Burma 33.3 million 2012
Cold countries average (profile) 32.76 million 2012
19 United Kingdom 32.38 million 2012
20 France 30.13 million 2012
21 Egypt 27.19 million 2012
22 Turkey 27.05 million 2012
23 Iran 26.13 million 2012
24 Democratic Republic of the Congo 25.93 million 2012
25 South Korea 25.77 million 2012
26 Italy 25.66 million 2012
Former British colonies average (profile) 23.63 million 2012
27 Tanzania 23.51 million 2012
28 Spain 23.28 million 2012
29 Ukraine 23.13 million 2012
30 Colombia 23.11 million 2012
31 Canada 19.34 million 2012
32 Argentina 18.85 million 2012
33 South Africa 18.69 million 2012
34 Poland 18.53 million 2012
High income OECD countries average (profile) 17.1 million 2012
35 Kenya 16.7 million 2012
Hot countries average (profile) 16.52 million 2012
36 Peru 16.16 million 2012
37 North Korea 15.09 million 2012
38 Uganda 14.51 million 2012
Heavily indebted countries average (profile) 14.21 million 2012
failed states average (profile) 14.06 million 2012
39 Venezuela 13.86 million 2012
40 Uzbekistan 13 million 2012
OPEC countries average (profile) 12.98 million 2012
41 Malaysia 12.72 million 2012
Muslim countries average (profile) 12.57 million 2012
42 Algeria 12.21 million 2012
43 Australia 12.01 million 2012
44 Morocco 11.73 million 2012
45 Sudan 11.65 million 2012
46 Netherlands 11.58 million 2012
47 Madagascar 11.33 million 2012
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 11.03 million 2012
48 Ghana 10.78 million 2012
NATO countries average (profile) 10.57 million 2012
49 Saudi Arabia 10.38 million 2012
50 Nepal 10.35 million 2012
51 Romania 10.2 million 2012
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 9.88 million 2012
Eastern Europe average (profile) 9.69 million 2012
Europe average (profile) 9.59 million 2012
Eurozone average (profile) 9.14 million 2012
52 Kazakhstan 9.04 million 2012
European Union average (profile) 8.93 million 2012
53 Cameroon 8.66 million 2012
54 Chile 8.46 million 2012
55 Cambodia 8.43 million 2012
56 Sri Lanka 8.37 million 2012
57 Iraq 8.18 million 2012
58 Cote d'Ivoire 7.81 million 2012
59 Angola 7.63 million 2012
Sub-Saharan Africa average (profile) 7.52 million 2012
60 Afghanistan 7.51 million 2012
61 Burkina Faso 7.47 million 2012
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 7.45 million 2012
62 Ecuador 7.39 million 2012
63 Malawi 7.2 million 2012
Former French colonies average (profile) 7.16 million 2012
64 Zimbabwe 7.09 million 2012
65 Mozambique 6.92 million 2012
66 Yemen 6.86 million 2012
Sparsely populated countries average (profile) 6.32 million 2012
67 Syria 6.31 million 2012
68 United Arab Emirates 6.25 million 2012
69 Guatemala 6.04 million 2012
70 Zambia 5.95 million 2012
71 Senegal 5.93 million 2012
72 Rwanda 5.56 million 2012
73 Niger 5.55 million 2012
74 Portugal 5.47 million 2012
75 Cuba 5.33 million 2012
76 Czech Republic 5.28 million 2012
77 Mali 5.17 million 2012
78 Greece 5.13 million 2012
79 Sweden 5.08 million 2012
80 Bolivia 4.92 million 2012
81 Belgium 4.91 million 2012
82 Azerbaijan 4.74 million 2012
83 Guinea 4.74 million 2012
84 Switzerland 4.64 million 2012
85 Dominican Republic 4.63 million 2012
86 Chad 4.59 million 2012
87 Burundi 4.53 million 2012
88 Belarus 4.48 million 2012
89 Austria 4.41 million 2012
90 Hungary 4.4 million 2012
91 Haiti 4.31 million 2012
92 Benin 4.17 million 2012
93 Tunisia 3.93 million 2012
94 Hong Kong 3.73 million 2012
95 Israel 3.65 million 2012
96 Tajikistan 3.48 million 2012
97 Bulgaria 3.35 million 2012
98 Laos 3.32 million 2012
99 Papua New Guinea 3.19 million 2012
100 Honduras 3.19 million 2012
101 Paraguay 3.16 million 2012
102 Togo 3.12 million 2012
103 Singapore 3.02 million 2012
104 Somalia 3.01 million 2012
105 Eritrea 2.95 million 2012
106 Denmark 2.91 million 2012
107 Slovakia 2.74 million 2012
108 Finland 2.72 million 2012
109 El Salvador 2.71 million 2012
110 Norway 2.67 million 2012
111 Kyrgyzstan 2.61 million 2012
112 Nicaragua 2.52 million 2012
113 Georgia 2.4 million 2012
114 New Zealand 2.4 million 2012
115 Sierra Leone 2.34 million 2012
116 Libya 2.31 million 2012
117 Costa Rica 2.3 million 2012
118 Turkmenistan 2.26 million 2012
119 Ireland 2.17 million 2012
120 Central African Republic 2.13 million 2012
121 Croatia 1.86 million 2012
122 Panama 1.78 million 2012
123 Republic of the Congo 1.77 million 2012
124 Uruguay 1.74 million 2012
125 Jordan 1.72 million 2012
126 Kuwait 1.66 million 2012
127 Lebanon 1.64 million 2012
128 Oman 1.6 million 2012
129 Qatar 1.54 million 2012
130 Lithuania 1.54 million 2012
131 Armenia 1.48 million 2012
132 Liberia 1.47 million 2012
133 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.45 million 2012
134 Albania 1.37 million 2012
135 Mongolia 1.27 million 2012
136 Puerto Rico 1.25 million 2012
137 Jamaica 1.24 million 2012
138 Mauritania 1.22 million 2012
139 Moldova 1.19 million 2012
140 Namibia 1.13 million 2012
141 Latvia 1.04 million 2012
142 Slovenia 1.02 million 2012
143 Botswana 1.02 million 2012
144 Republic of Macedonia 964,226.83 2012
145 Lesotho 855,109.85 2012
146 The Gambia 751,037.77 2012
147 Bahrain 741,723.44 2012
148 Guinea-Bissau 711,710.39 2012
149 Estonia 697,884.19 2012
150 Trinidad and Tobago 678,520.96 2012
151 Gabon 608,561.54 2012
152 Mauritius 604,130.69 2012
153 Cyprus 593,905.35 2012
154 Swaziland 435,474.86 2012
155 Equatorial Guinea 389,259.21 2012
156 Bhutan 382,768.27 2012
157 Macau 348,913.23 2012
158 Fiji 342,173.72 2012
159 Guyana 308,766.49 2012
160 Djibouti 294,585.57 2012
161 Luxembourg 253,115.73 2012
162 East Timor 247,468.52 2012
163 Comoros 239,019.26 2012
164 Cape Verde 232,008.67 2012
165 Solomon Islands 217,269.08 2012
166 The Bahamas 216,028.17 2012
167 Suriname 210,246.83 2012
168 Brunei 196,800.46 2012
169 Iceland 187,844.96 2012
170 Malta 185,672.7 2012
171 Barbados 163,583.59 2012
172 Maldives 159,736.99 2012
173 Belize 139,455.76 2012
174 French Polynesia 117,780.41 2012
175 New Caledonia 112,790.15 2012
176 Vanuatu 109,790.07 2012
177 Saint Lucia 94,602.73 2012
178 Guam 74,883.87 2012
179 Sao Tome and Principe 66,674.7 2012
180 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 54,525.46 2012
181 Samoa 48,577.11 2012
182 Tonga 42,090.24 2012

Citation

"Countries Compared by Labor > Labor force, total. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", International Labour Organization, Key Indicators of the Labour Market database. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Labor/Labor-force,-total

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Interesting observations about Labor > Labor force, total

  • India ranked first for labor force, total amongst Hot countries in 2012.
  • China has had the highest labor force, total since 1990.
  • United States ranked first for labor force, total amongst Christian countries in 2012.
  • Indonesia ranked first for labor force, total amongst Muslim countries in 2012.
  • Russia ranked first for labor force, total amongst Europe in 2012.
  • Tonga has ranked last for labor force, total since 1990.
  • Germany ranked first for labor force, total amongst European Union in 2012.
  • Nigeria ranked first for labor force, total amongst Sub-Saharan Africa in 2012.
  • Brazil ranked first for labor force, total amongst Catholic countries in 2012.
  • Ethiopia ranked first for labor force, total amongst Landlocked countries in 2012.
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