Costa Rica: Informal employment

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 Costa Rica

Informal employment, percent of total employment

 Latest value 36.60
 Year 2020
 Measure percent
 Data availability 2010 - 2020
 Average 37.82
 Min - Max 34.70 - 39.70
 Source International Labour Organization
For that indicator, we provide data for Costa Rica from 2010 to 2020. The average value for Costa Rica during that period was 37.82 percent with a minimum of 34.7 percent in 2011 and a maximum of 39.7 percent in 2015. The latest value from 2020 is 36.6 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2020 based on 26 countries is 47.30 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
Costa Rica - Informal employment - Recent values chart

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Costa Rica - Informal employment - historical chart - 2010-2020




Definition: Informal employment as percent of total employment. Derived from national surveys conducted by the International Labour Organization.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Labor force 2.41 2023 million people
 Unemployment rate 11.32 2022 percent
 Female unemployment 10.43 2023 percent
 Male unemployment 7.29 2023 percent
 Youth unemployment 24.74 2023 percent
 Labor force participation 57.59 2023 percent
 Labor force: percent female 39.07 2023 percent
 Female labor force participation 44.75 2023 percent
 Male labor force participation 70.57 2023 percent
 Self-employment 27.37 2022 percent
 Informal employment 36.60 2020 percent
 Employment 2.08 Q3/2023 million employed people
 Unemployment rate 8.08 Q3/2023 percent
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