Afghanistan: Labor force participation

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 Afghanistan

Labor force participation rate

 Latest value 36.95
 Year 2023
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2023
 Average 45.87
 Min - Max 36.95 - 47.31
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Afghanistan from 1991 to 2023. The average value for Afghanistan during that period was 45.87 percent with a minimum of 36.95 percent in 2023 and a maximum of 47.31 percent in 2017. The latest value from 2023 is 36.95 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2023 based on 178 countries is 60.88 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Afghanistan - Labor force participation - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Afghanistan - Labor force participation - historical chart - 1991-2023




The labor force participation rate is the percent of the population ages 15 and older that is economically active. That includes the employed and the unemployed individuals.
Definition: Labor force participation rate is the proportion of the population ages 15 and older that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.

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 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Labor force 8.92 2023 million people
 Unemployment rate 14.10 2022 percent
 Female unemployment 29.19 2023 percent
 Male unemployment 14.41 2023 percent
 Youth unemployment 19.80 2023 percent
 Labor force participation 36.95 2023 percent
 Labor force: percent female 6.54 2023 percent
 Female labor force participation 4.83 2023 percent
 Male labor force participation 69.12 2023 percent
 Self-employment 81.74 2022 percent
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