Labor > Labor force, total: Group totals

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.


Emerging markets 1.97 billion 2012
Hot countries 1.6 billion 2012
Cold countries 1.28 billion 2012
Former British colonies 1.09 billion 2012
Non-religious countries 1.03 billion 2012
Religious countries 871.75 million 2012
South and Central Asia 681.33 million 2012
South Asia 632.05 million 2012
Muslim countries 578.31 million 2012
High income OECD countries 529.95 million 2012
Heavily indebted countries 525.75 million 2012
Europe 402.85 million 2012
Group of 7 countries (G7) 373.99 million 2012
Sub-Saharan Africa 353.66 million 2012
NATO countries 285.5 million 2012
European Union 250.03 million 2012
Sparsely populated countries 240.11 million 2012
Former Spanish colonies 220.64 million 2012
failed states 210.94 million 2012
Former French colonies 186.24 million 2012
Eastern Europe 164.69 million 2012
Eurozone 164.49 million 2012
Former Soviet republics 148.15 million 2012
OPEC countries 142.78 million 2012
Middle Eastern and North Africa 134.03 million 2012

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