North Korea: Dependent people as percent of the working age population
For that indicator, we provide data for North Korea from 1960 to 2018. The average value for North Korea during that period was 56.97 percent with a minimum of 41.92 percent in 2018 and a maximum of 83.25 percent in 1971.
The latest value from 2018 is 41.92 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2018 based on 187
countries is 58.77 percent.
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The age dependency ratio for North Korea is calculated as follows: Age dependency = (people younger than 15 and older than 64) / (working age people ages 15-64). A higher value for North Korea and other countries means that employed people have to support more non-working people, either young or old.
Definition: Age dependency ratio is the ratio of dependents--people younger than 15 or older than 64--to the working-age population--those ages 15-64. Data are shown as the proportion of dependents per 100 working-age population.