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Labor force, million people, 2019 - Country rankings:

The average for 2019 based on 182 countries was 20.35 million people.The highest value was in China: 781.07 million people and the lowest value was in Tonga: 0.04 million people. The indicator is available from 1990 to 2019. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: million people; Source: The World Bank
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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.
Labor force in the European union
Labor force in Europe
Labor force in Asia
Labor force in Africa
Labor force in North America
Labor force in South America
Labor force in Australia


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