Field Listing :: Labor force
This entry contains the total labor force figure.
Country Comparison to the World
Country
Labor force
Afghanistan 7.512 million (2012 est.)
Albania 1.129 million (2013 est.)
Algeria 11.15 million (2013 est.)
American Samoa 17,630 (2005)
Andorra 36,060 (2012)
Angola 9.018 million (2013 est.)
Anguilla 6,049 (2001)
Antigua and Barbuda 30,000 (1991)
Argentina 17.32 million
note: urban areas only (2013 est.)
Armenia 1.394 million (2013 est.)
Aruba 51,610
note: of the 51,610 workers aged 15 and over in the labor force, 32,252 were born in Aruba and 19,353 came from abroad; foreign workers are 38% of the employed population (2007 est.)
Australia 12.44 million (2013 est.)
Austria 3.737 million (2013 est.)
Azerbaijan 6.206 million (2012 est.)
Bahamas, The 192,200 (2012)
Bahrain 716,500
note: 44% of the population in the 15-64 age group is non-national (2013 est.)
Bangladesh 78.62 million
note: extensive export of labor to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Qatar, and Malaysia; workers' remittances were $10.9 billion in FY09/10 (2013 est.)
Barbados 141,800 (2013 est.)
Belarus 5 million (2009)
Belgium 5.15 million (2013 est.)
Belize 120,500
note: shortage of skilled labor and all types of technical personnel (2008 est.)
Benin 3.662 million (2007 est.)
Bermuda 37,400 (2011)
Bhutan 336,400
note: major shortage of skilled labor (2012)
Bolivia 4.922 million (2012 est.)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.49 million (2012 est.)
Botswana 1.308 million (2013 est.)
Brazil 107.3 million (2013 est.)
British Virgin Islands 12,770 (2004)
Brunei 205,800 (2011 est.)
Bulgaria 2.551 million (2013 est.)
Burkina Faso 6.668 million
note: a large part of the male labor force migrates annually to neighboring countries for seasonal employment (2007)
Burma 34.31 million (2013 est.)
Burundi 4.245 million (2007)
Cabo Verde 196,100 (2007)
Cambodia 7.9 million (2011 est.)
Cameroon 8.426 million (2013 est.)
Canada 19.08 million (2013 est.)
Cayman Islands 39,000
note: nearly 55% are non-nationals (2007)
Central African Republic 2.082 million (2011 est.)
Chad 4.293 million (2007)
Chile 8.367 million (2013 est.)
China 797.6 million
note: by the end of 2012, China's population at working age (15-64 years) was 1.0040 billion (2013 est.)
Christmas Island NA
Cocos (Keeling) Islands NA
Colombia 23.75 million (2013 est.)
Comoros 233,500 (2011 est.)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 35.18 million (2013 est.)
Congo, Republic of the 2.89 million (2011 est.)
Cook Islands 6,820 (2001)
Costa Rica 2.222 million
note: this official estimate excludes Nicaraguans living in Costa Rica (2013 est.)
Cote d'Ivoire 7.928 million (2013 est.)
Croatia 1.715 million (2013 est.)
Cuba 5.233 million
note: state sector 72.3%, non-state sector 27.7% (2013 est.)
Curacao 62,040 (2011)
Cyprus 443,500 (2013 est.)
Czech Republic 5.304 million (2013 est.)
Denmark 2.795 million (2013 est.)
Djibouti 294,600 (2012)
Dominica 25,000 (2000 est.)
Dominican Republic 4.912 million (2013 est.)
Ecuador 4.854 million (2013 est.)
Egypt 27.69 million (2013 est.)
El Salvador 2.738 million (2013 est.)
Equatorial Guinea 195,200 (2007)
Eritrea 2.955 million (2012 est.)
Estonia 692,900 (2013 est.)
Ethiopia 45.65 million (2013 est.)
European Union 230.7 million (2013 est.)
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) 5,246 (2006)
Faroe Islands 34,710 (November 2010)
Fiji 335,000 (2007 est.)
Finland 2.685 million (2013 est.)
France 29.94 million (2013 est.)
French Polynesia 116,000 (2007)
Gabon 629,100 (2013 est.)
Gambia, The 777,100 (2007)
Gaza Strip 348,200 (2010 est.)
Georgia 1.959 million (2011 est.)
Germany 44.2 million (2013 est.)
Ghana 12.07 million (2013 est.)
Gibraltar 12,690 (2001) (2001)
Greece 4.918 million (2013 est.)
Greenland 28,600 (2011)
Grenada 47,580 (2008)
Guam 69,390
note: this number is for the civilian labor force only (2010 est.)
Guatemala 4.465 million (2013 est.)
Guernsey 31,470 (March 2006)
Guinea 5.409 million (2013 est.)
Guinea-Bissau 632,700 (2007)
Guyana 313,100 (2009 est.)
Haiti 4.81 million
note: shortage of skilled labor, unskilled labor abundant (2010 est.)
Holy See (Vatican City) 2,832 (December 2011)
Honduras 3.507 million (2013 est.)
Hong Kong 3.843 million (2013 est.)
Hungary 4.263 million (2013 est.)
Iceland 181,100 (2013 est.)
India 487.3 million (2013 est.)
Indonesia 120 million (2013 est.)
Iran 27.72 million
note: shortage of skilled labor (2013 est.)
Iraq 8.9 million (2010 est.)
Ireland 2.161 million (2013 est.)
Isle of Man 41,790 (2006)
Israel 3.692 million (2013 est.)
Italy 25.74 million (2013 est.)
Jamaica 1.261 million (2013 est.)
Japan 65.62 million (2013 est.)
Jersey 53,380 (June 2012)
Jordan 1.898 million (2013 est.)
Kazakhstan 9.022 million (2013 est.)
Kenya 19.67 million (2013 est.)
Kiribati 7,870
note: economically active, not including subsistence farmers (2001)
Korea, North 12.6 million
note: estimates vary widely (2012 est.)
Korea, South 25.86 million (2013 est.)
Kosovo 800,000
note: includes those estimated to be employed in the grey economy (2011 est.)
Kuwait 2.38 million
note: non-Kuwaitis represent about 60% of the labor force (2013 est.)
Kyrgyzstan 2.344 million (2007)
Laos 3.373 million (2013 est.)
Latvia 1.022 million (2013 est.)
Lebanon 1.481 million
note: in addition, there are as many as 1 million foreign workers (2007 est.)
Lesotho 874,200 (2013 est.)
Liberia 1.372 million (2007)
Libya 1.644 million (2013 est.)
Liechtenstein 35,250 (2012)
note: 51% of the labor force in Liechtenstein commuted daily from Austria, Switzerland, or Germany (2012)
Lithuania 1.452 million (2013 est.)
Luxembourg 208,800
note: data exclude foreign workers; in addition to the figure for domestic labor force, about 150,000 workers commute daily from France, Belgium, and Germany (2013 est.)
Macau 364,300 (2013 est.)
Macedonia 960,700 (2013 est.)
Madagascar 9.504 million (2007)
Malawi 5.747 million (2007 est.)
Malaysia 13.19 million (2013 est.)
Maldives 159,700 (2012)
Mali 3.241 million (2007 est.)
Malta 185,600 (2012 est.)
Marshall Islands 10,480 (2011 est.)
Mauritania 1.318 million (2007)
Mauritius 637,600 (2013 est.)
Mexico 51.48 million (2013 est.)
Micronesia, Federated States of 15,920 (2011)
Moldova 1.206 million (2013 est.)
Monaco 50,580
note: includes workers from all foreign countries (2011 est.)
Mongolia 1.037 million (2011 est.)
Montenegro 251,300 (2011 est.)
Montserrat 4,521 (2012)
Morocco 11.73 million (2013 est.)
Mozambique 10.55 million (2013 est.)
Namibia 928,200 (2013 est.)
Nepal 16 million
note: severe lack of skilled labor (2011 est.)
Netherlands 7.879 million (2013 est.)
New Caledonia 106,400 (2010)
New Zealand 2.413 million (2013 est.)
Nicaragua 3.039 million (2013 est.)
Niger 4.688 million (2007)
Nigeria 51.53 million (2011 est.)
Niue 663 (2001)
Norfolk Island 978 (2006)
Northern Mariana Islands 38,450
note: nearly 29,000 of these were foreign workers (2005 est.)
Norway 2.707 million (2014 est.)
Oman 968,800
note: about 60% of the labor force is non-national (2007)
Pakistan 59.21 million
note: extensive export of labor, mostly to the Middle East, and use of child labor (2012 est.)
Palau 9,777 (2005)
Panama 1.54 million
note: shortage of skilled labor, but an oversupply of unskilled labor (2013 est.)
Papua New Guinea 4.077 million (2013 est.)
Paraguay 3.19 million (2013 est.)
Peru 16.16 million
note: individuals older than 14 years of age (2012 est.)
Philippines 41.33 million (2013 est.)
Pitcairn Islands 15 (2004)
Poland 18.22 million (2013 est.)
Portugal 5.395 million (2013 est.)
Puerto Rico 1.286 million (March 2012)
Qatar 1.424 million (2013 est.)
Romania 9.246 million (2013 est.)
Russia 75.29 million (2013 est.)
Rwanda 4.446 million (2007)
Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha 2,486 (1998 est.)
Saint Kitts and Nevis 18,170 (June 1995)
Saint Lucia 79,700 (2012)
Saint Martin 17,300 (2008 est.)
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 3,194 (2006)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 57,520 (2007 est.)
Samoa 47,930 (2011 est.)
San Marino 21,960 (September 2013)
Sao Tome and Principe 52,490 (2007)
Saudi Arabia 8.412 million
note: about 80% of the labor force is non-national (2013 est.)
Senegal 6.096 million (2013 est.)
Serbia 1.703 million (2013 est.)
Seychelles 39,560 (2006)
Sierra Leone 2.207 million (2007 est.)
Singapore 3.428 million
note: excludes non-residents (2013 est.)
Sint Maarten 23,200 (2008 est.)
Slovakia 2.727 million (2013 est.)
Slovenia 923,200 (2013 est.)
Solomon Islands 202,500 (2007)
Somalia 3.447 million (2007)
South Africa 18.54 million (2013 est.)
Spain 23.2 million (2013 est.)
Sri Lanka 8.528 million (2013 est.)
Sudan 11.92 million (2007 est.)
Suriname 165,600 (2007)
Svalbard 1,234 (2003)
Swaziland 424,100 (2011 est.)
Sweden 5.107 million (2013 est.)
Switzerland 4.976 million (2013 est.)
Syria 5.014 million (2013 est.)
Taiwan 11.55 million (2013 est.)
Tajikistan 2.209 million (2013 est.)
Tanzania 25.59 million (2013 est.)
Thailand 39.64 million (2013 est.)
Timor-Leste 418,200 (2009)
Togo 2.595 million (2007)
Tokelau 440 (2001)
Tonga 39,960 (2007)
Trinidad and Tobago 621,000 (2013 est.)
Tunisia 3.974 million (2013 est.)
Turkey 27.91 million
note: about 1.2 million Turks work abroad (2013 est.)
Turkmenistan 2.3 million (2008 est.)
Turks and Caicos Islands 4,848 (1990 est.)
Tuvalu 3,615 (2004 est.)
Uganda 17.4 million (2013 est.)
Ukraine 22.17 million (2013 est.)
United Arab Emirates 4.588 million
note: expatriates account for about 85% of the work force (2013 est.)
United Kingdom 32.32 million (2013 est.)
United States 155.4 million
note: includes unemployed (2013 est.)
Uruguay 1.7 million (2013 est.)
Uzbekistan 16.99 million (2013 est.)
Vanuatu 115,900 (2007)
Venezuela 14.01 million (2013 est.)
Vietnam 52.93 million (2013 est.)
Virgin Islands 49,820 (2007 est.)
Wallis and Futuna 3,104 (2003)
West Bank 1.025 million (2013 est.)
Western Sahara 144,000 (2010 est.)
World 3.314 billion (2013 est.)
Yemen 7.1 million (2013 est.)
Zambia 6.275 million (2013 est.)
Zimbabwe 3.939 million (2013 est.)