China: Labor force participation

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 China

Labor force participation rate

 Latest value 66.9
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1990 - 2022
 Average 73.22
 Min - Max 64.96 - 79.17
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for China from 1990 to 2022. The average value for China during that period was 73.22 percent with a minimum of 64.96 percent in 2020 and a maximum of 79.17 percent in 1990. The latest value from 2022 is 66.9 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 176 countries is 60.54 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
China - Labor force participation - recent values

Historical chart
China - Labor force participation - historical chart - 1990-2022




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.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Labor force 781.83 2022 million people
 Unemployment rate 4.89 2022 percent
 Female unemployment 4.24 2022 percent
 Male unemployment 5.41 2022 percent
 Youth unemployment 13.16 2022 percent
 Labor force participation 66.90 2022 percent
 Labor force: percent female 45.17 2022 percent
 Female labor force participation 61.07 2022 percent
 Male labor force participation 72.62 2022 percent
 Unemployment rate 5.00 Q3/2023 percent
 Labor cost 195.63 Q3/2019 index points
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