Which Country Has the Largest Labour Force?

Labour Force (Total) (mil), 2020
Labour | December 31, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 172 countries in 2020, China ranked the highest in Labour Force (Total) with 779 mil followed by India and USA. On the other end of the scale was Belize with 0.184 mil, Brunei with 0.218 mil and Iceland with 0.219 mil.

Total Labour Force (Total) reached 3,492 mil in 2020 in the World. This is 0.926 % less than in the previous year and 9.73 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total Labour Force (Total) reached an all time high of 3,492 mil in 2020 and an all time low of 2,322 mil in 1990. The average annual growth amounted to 1.34 % since 1990.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 22.5 % of Labour Force (Total) in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 41.8 % share while the ten largest countries some 58.9 % in 2020.

Data for more countries are available at Labour Force (Total) indicator page.

Labour Force (Total) Unit 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Bangladesh mil 61.5 62.6 63.7 67.5 68.8
Brazil mil 99.9 102 103 104 106
China mil 784 785 785 785 783
Ethiopia mil 45.2 46.7 48.2 49.8 51.4
Germany mil 42.3 42.6 43.1 43.3 43.6
India mil 472 476 481 484 488
Indonesia mil 123 125 126 130 133
Japan mil 66.2 66.4 66.9 67.3 68.4
Mexico mil 52.5 53.6 54.4 55.1 56.3
Nigeria mil 53.7 54.6 55.3 56.8 58.4
Pakistan mil 64.8 67.8 69.2 70.6 72.0
Philippines mil 42.5 43.0 43.9 43.0 43.9
Russia mil 75.2 75.0 74.9 74.2 73.8
USA mil 160 161 163 164 165
Vietnam mil 55.4 55.8 56.0 56.6 56.9