Labor > Force > Total: Group totals

DEFINITION: Total labor force comprises people 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.


Emerging markets 1.85 billion 2005
Hot countries 1.4 billion 2005
Cold countries 1.24 billion 2005
Non-religious countries 998.67 million 2005
Former British colonies 972.26 million 2005
Religious countries 685.81 million 1999
South and Central Asia 600.74 million 2005
South Asia 555.69 million 2005
Muslim countries 504.87 million 2005
High income OECD countries 503.91 million 2005
Heavily indebted countries 496.39 million 2005
Europe 381.1 million 2005
Group of 7 countries (G7) 362.87 million 2005
Sub-Saharan Africa 304.82 million 2005
NATO countries 268.4 million 2005
European Union 234 million 2005
Sparsely populated countries 221.11 million 2005
Former Spanish colonies 192.54 million 2005
failed states 174.1 million 2005
Former French colonies 164.76 million 2005
Eastern Europe 159.35 million 2005
Eurozone 152.14 million 2005
Former Soviet republics 139.54 million 2005
OPEC countries 123.06 million 2005
Middle Eastern and North Africa 113.95 million 2005

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