, 1990 - 2020:
For that indicator, we provide data for South Korea from 1990 to 2020. The average value for South Korea during that period was 24.21 million people with a minimum of 19.18 million people in 1990 and a maximum of 28.54 million people in 2019.
The latest value from 2020 is 28.35 million people. For comparison, the world average in 2020 based on 181
countries is 19.49 million people.
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Definition: Labor force comprises people ages 15 and older who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period. It includes people who are currently employed and people who are unemployed but seeking work as well as first-time job-seekers. Not everyone who works is included, however. Unpaid workers, family workers, and students are often omitted, and some countries do not count members of the armed forces. Labor force size tends to vary during the year as seasonal workers enter and leave.