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Labor force - Country rankings:

The average for 2017 was 19.07 million people.The highest value was in China: 786.74 million people and the lowest value was in Samoa: 0.04 million people. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available for: Labor force.

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.

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