* indicates monthly or quarterly data series

Labor force participation rate, 2023:

The average for 2023 based on 46 countries was 63.05 percent. The highest value was in Madagascar: 85.2 percent and the lowest value was in Somalia: 34.11 percent. The indicator is available from 1991 to 2023. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
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Countries Labor force participation, 2023 Global rank Available data
Madagascar 85.2 1 1991 - 2023
Tanzania 81.39 2 1991 - 2023
Ethiopia 80.29 3 1991 - 2023
Mozambique 79.03 4 1991 - 2023
Burundi 78.81 5 1991 - 2023
Eritrea 78.28 6 1991 - 2023
Liberia 76.86 7 1991 - 2023
Angola 75.19 8 1991 - 2023
Kenya 73.72 9 1991 - 2023
Niger 73.44 10 1991 - 2023
Cameroon 71.95 11 1991 - 2023
C.A. Republic 70.58 12 1991 - 2023
Uganda 69.93 13 1991 - 2023
Malawi 68.97 14 1991 - 2023
Ghana 68.82 15 1991 - 2023
R. of Congo 67.86 16 1991 - 2023
Mali 67.01 17 1991 - 2023
Zimbabwe 65.92 18 1991 - 2023
DR Congo 65.78 19 1991 - 2023
Lesotho 65.12 20 1991 - 2023
Burkina Faso 65.09 21 1991 - 2023
Botswana 64.54 22 1991 - 2023
Ivory Coast 64.44 23 1991 - 2023
Benin 62.71 24 1991 - 2023
Gambia 60.87 25 1991 - 2023
Rwanda 60.52 26 1991 - 2023
Chad 60.34 27 1991 - 2023
Zambia 59.56 28 1991 - 2023
Namibia 59.53 29 1991 - 2023
Nigeria 59.11 30 1991 - 2023
South Africa 58.08 31 1991 - 2023
Togo 57.93 32 1991 - 2023
Cape Verde 57.88 33 1991 - 2023
G.-Bissau 55.95 34 1991 - 2023
Eq. Guinea 55.85 35 1991 - 2023
Mauritius 55.52 36 1991 - 2023
S.T.&Principe 53.95 37 1991 - 2023
Sierra Leone 53.91 38 1991 - 2023
Guinea 52.75 39 1991 - 2023
Swaziland 50.97 40 1991 - 2023
Senegal 50.28 41 1991 - 2023
Gabon 49 42 1991 - 2023
Sudan 47.64 43 1991 - 2023
Comoros 44.21 44 1991 - 2023
Mauritania 41.19 45 1991 - 2023
Somalia 34.11 46 1991 - 2023



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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