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Female labor force participation rate, 2023:

The average for 2023 based on 46 countries was 45.22 percent. The highest value was in North Korea: 69.65 percent and the lowest value was in Afghanistan: 4.83 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 Female labor force participation, 2023 Global rank Available data
North Korea 69.65 1 1991 - 2023
Cambodia 69.46 2 1991 - 2023
Vietnam 68.48 3 1991 - 2023
Azerbaijan 67.4 4 1991 - 2023
Bhutan 64.55 5 1991 - 2023
Qatar 64.13 6 1991 - 2023
Macao 63.23 7 1991 - 2023
Kazakhstan 63.15 8 1991 - 2023
Singapore 61.63 9 1991 - 2023
Israel 60.88 10 1991 - 2023
China 60.54 11 1991 - 2023
Thailand 59.18 12 1991 - 2023
Armenia 56 13 1991 - 2023
Laos 55.97 14 1991 - 2023
South Korea 55.77 15 1991 - 2023
Brunei 55.42 16 1991 - 2023
UA Emirates 55.35 17 1991 - 2023
Japan 54.85 18 1991 - 2023
Georgia 54.41 19 1991 - 2023
Kyrgyzstan 53.52 20 1991 - 2023
Indonesia 53.27 21 1991 - 2023
Mongolia 52.76 22 1991 - 2023
Hong Kong 52.34 23 1991 - 2023
Malaysia 51.6 24 1991 - 2023
Turkmenistan 49.35 25 1991 - 2023
Kuwait 47.6 26 1991 - 2023
Philippines 47.21 27 1991 - 2023
Bahrain 44.13 28 1991 - 2023
Maldives 42.55 29 1991 - 2023
Burma 41.49 30 1991 - 2023
Uzbekistan 39.92 31 1991 - 2023
Bangladesh 37.01 32 1991 - 2023
Saudi Arabia 34.51 33 1991 - 2023
India 32.68 34 1991 - 2023
Sri Lanka 32.09 35 1991 - 2023
Oman 32.04 36 1991 - 2023
Tajikistan 31.53 37 1991 - 2023
Nepal 28.68 38 1991 - 2023
Lebanon 27.48 39 1991 - 2023
Pakistan 24.46 40 1991 - 2023
Iran 14.38 41 1991 - 2023
Syria 14.14 42 1991 - 2023
Jordan 14.05 43 1991 - 2023
Iraq 11.38 44 1991 - 2023
Yemen 5.1 45 1991 - 2023
Afghanistan 4.83 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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