FIELD LISTING :: CHILD LABOR - CHILDREN AGES 5-14
This entry gives the percent of children aged 5-14 (or the age range specified) engaged in child labor. We define “child labor” as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development. It refers to work that is mentally, physically, socially, or morally dangerous and harmful to children. Such labor may deprive them of the opportunity to attend school, oblige them to leave school prematurely, or require them to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work. In its most extreme forms, child labor involves children being enslaved, separated from their families, exposed to serious hazards and illnesses, and/or left to fend for themselves on the streets of large cities – often a very early age.


Country Comparison to the World

CountryCHILD LABOR - CHILDREN AGES 5-14
Afghanistan total number: 2,082,722
percentage: 25.3%
note: data on child labor in Afghanistan is uncertain and may be higher than the estimated 25.3% of children ages 5-14 derived from 2010-11 survey results; UNICEF estimated that 30% of children ages 5-14 in 2011 were engaged in child labor (2010/11 est.)
Albania total number: 72,818
percentage: 12% (2005 est.)
Algeria total number: 304,358
percentage: 5% (2006 est.)
Angola total number: 832,895
percentage: 24% (2001 est.)
Argentina total number: 435,252
percentage: 7%
note: data represent children ages 5-13 (2003 est.)
Armenia total number: 19,596
percentage: 4%
note: data represent children ages 7-17 (2007 est.)
Azerbaijan total number: 144,397
percentage: 7%
note: data represent children ages 5-17 (2005 est.)
Bangladesh total number: 4,485,497
percentage: 13% (2006 est.)
Belarus total number: 54,218
percentage: 5% (2005 est.)
Belize total number: 27,751
percentage: 40% (2001 est.)
Benin total number: 1,020,981
percentage: 46% (2006 est.)
Bhutan total number: 25,801
percentage: 18% (2010 est.)
Bolivia total number: 757,352
percentage: 26.4%
note: data represent children ages 5-17 (2008 est.)
Bosnia and Herzegovina total number: 24,722
percentage: 5% (2006 est.)
Botswana total number: 45,036
percentage: 9%
note: data represent children ages 7-17 (2006 est.)
Brazil total number: 959,942
percentage: 3%
note: data represent children ages 5-13 (2009 est.)
Burkina Faso total number: 1,521,006
percentage: 38% (2006 est.)
Burundi total number: 433,187
percentage: 19% (2005 est.)
Cameroon total number: 1,396,281
percentage: 31% (2006 est.)
Central African Republic total number: 532,518
percentage: 47% (2006 est.)
Chad total number: 1,475,960
percentage: 48% (2010 est.)
Chile total number: 82,882
percentage: 3% (2003 est.)
Colombia total number: 988,362
percentage: 9%
note: data represent children ages 5-17 (2009 est.)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the total number: 8,284,395
percentage: 42% (2010 est.)
Congo, Republic of the total number: 252,171
percentage: 25% (2005 est.)
Costa Rica total number: 39,082
percentage: 5% (2002 est.)
Cote d'Ivoire total number: 1,796,802
percentage: 35% (2006 est.)
Djibouti total number: 13,176
percentage: 8% (2006 est.)
Ecuador total number: 227,599
percentage: 8% (2008 est.)
El Salvador total number: 179,303
percentage: 4%
note: data represent children ages 5-17 (2007 est.)
Ethiopia total number: 10,693,164
percentage: 53% (2005 est.)
Gambia, The total number: 103,389
percentage: 25% (2006 est.)
Georgia total number: 121,659
percentage: 18% (2005 est.)
Ghana total number: 1,806,750
percentage: 34% (2006 est.)
Guatemala total number: 929,852
percentage: 21%
note: data represent children ages 5-17 (2006 est.)
Guinea-Bissau total number: 226,316
percentage: 57% (2010 est.)
Guinea total number: 571,774
percentage: 25% (2003 est.)
Guyana total number: 30,255
percentage: 16% (2006 est.)
Haiti total number: 2,587,205
percentage: 21% (2006 est.)
Honduras total number: 280,809
percentage: 16% (2002 est.)
India total number: 26,965,074
percentage: 12% (2006 est.)
Indonesia total number: 4,026,285
percentage: 7%
note: data represent children ages 5-17 (2009 est.)
Iraq total number: 715,737
percentage: 11% (2006 est.)
Jamaica total number: 38,516
percentage: 6% (2005 est.)
Kazakhstan total number: 59,254
percentage: 2% (2006 est.)
Kyrgyzstan total number: 563,920
percentage: 40.3%
note: data represent children ages 5-17 (2007 est.)
Laos total number: 175,138
percentage: 11% (2006 est.)
Liberia total number: 177,160
percentage: 21% (2007 est.)
Macedonia total number: 16,782
percentage: 6% (2005 est.)
Madagascar total number: 1,827,423
percentage: 28%
note: data represent children ages 5-17 (2007 est.)
Malawi total number: 993,318
percentage: 26% (2006 est.)
Mali total number: 1,485,027
percentage: 36% (2010 est.)
Mauritania total number: 127,251
percentage: 16% (2007 est.)
Mexico total number: 1,105,617
percentage: 5% (2009 est.)
Moldova total number: 72,364
percentage: 16% (2009 est.)
Mongolia total number: 106,203
percentage: 18% (2005 est.)
Montenegro total number: 8,520
percentage: 10% (2005 est.)
Morocco total number: 500,960
percentage: 8% (2007 est.)
Mozambique total number: 1,369,080
percentage: 22% (2008 est.)
Nepal total number: 2,467,549
percentage: 34% (2008 est.)
Nicaragua total number: 223,992
percentage: 14%
note: data represent children ages 5-17 (2005 est.)
Nigeria total number: 11,396,823
percentage: 29% (2007 est.)
Niger total number: 1,557,913
percentage: 43% (2006 est.)
Panama total number: 59,294
percentage: 7%
note: data represent children ages 5-17 (2010 est.)
Paraguay total number: 205,297
percentage: 15% (2004 est.)
Peru total number: 2,545,855
percentage: 34%
note: data represents children ages 5-17 (2007 est.)
Sao Tome and Principe total number: 3,235
percentage: 8% (2006 est.)
Senegal total number: 657,216
percentage: 22% (2005 est.)
Serbia total number: 36,141
percentage: 4% (2005 est.)
Sierra Leone total number: 573,287
percentage: 48% (2005 est.)
Somalia total number: 1,148,265
percentage: 49% (2006 est.)
Suriname total number: 6,094
percentage: 6% (2006 est.)
Syria total number: 192,915
percentage: 4% (2006 est.)
Tajikistan total number: 164,432
percentage: 10% (2005 est.)
Tanzania total number: 2,815,085
percentage: 21%
note: data represent children ages 5-17 and does not include Zanzibar (2006 est.)
Thailand total number: 818,399
percentage: 8% (2006 est.)
Timor-Leste total number: 10,510
percentage: 4% (2002 est.)
Togo total number: 774,801
percentage: 47% (2010 est.)
Trinidad and Tobago total number: 1,201
percentage: 1% (2006 est.)
Turkey total number: 321,866
percentage: 3%
note: data represent children ages 6-14 (2006 est.)
Uganda total number: 117,266
percentage: 25%
note: data represent children ages 5-17 (2010 est.)
Ukraine total number: 356,213
percentage: 7% (2005 est.)
Uruguay total number: 51,879
percentage: 7% (2006 est.)
Vietnam total number: 2,545,616
percentage: 16% (2006 est.)
Yemen total number: 1,334,288
percentage: 23% (2006 est.)
Zambia total number: 1,000,850
percentage: 41%
note: data represent children ages 7-14 (2005 est.)