Canada: Labor force participation

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 Canada

Labor force participation rate

 Latest value 65.18
 Year 2023
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2023
 Average 66.00
 Min - Max 64.02 - 67.56
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Canada from 1991 to 2023. The average value for Canada during that period was 66 percent with a minimum of 64.02 percent in 2020 and a maximum of 67.56 percent in 2003. The latest value from 2023 is 65.18 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
Canada - Labor force participation - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Canada - 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 21.64 2023 million people
 Unemployment rate 5.28 2022 percent
 Female unemployment 5.26 2023 percent
 Male unemployment 5.56 2023 percent
 Youth unemployment 10.56 2023 percent
 Labor force participation 65.18 2023 percent
 Labor force: percent female 47.43 2023 percent
 Female labor force participation 61.14 2023 percent
 Male labor force participation 69.32 2023 percent
 Self-employment 13.57 2022 percent
 Employment 20.28 9/2023 million employed people
 Unemployment rate 5.20 9/2023 percent
 Labor cost 135.08 Q3/2023 index points
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