Which Country Has the Largest Labour Force?

Labour Force (Total) (mil), 2018
Labour | May 18, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 172 countries in 2018, China ranked the highest in Labour Force (Total) with 788 mil followed by India and USA. On the other end of the scale was Belize with 0.177 mil, Iceland with 0.211 mil and Suriname with 0.216 mil.

Total Labour Force (Total) reached 3,465 mil in 2018 in the World. This is 0.943 % more than in the previous year and 10.5 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total Labour Force (Total) reached an all time high of 3,465 mil in 2018 and an all time low of 2,322 mil in 1990. The average annual growth amounted to 1.44 % since 1990.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 22.7 % of Labour Force (Total) in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 42.2 % share while the ten largest countries some 58.9 % in 2018.

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

Labour Force (Total) Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Bangladesh mil 60.8 61.9 63.1 64.3 65.4
Brazil mil 98.2 99.5 101 102 103
China mil 786 787 788 789 789
Ethiopia mil 42.4 43.8 45.4 46.9 48.5
Germany mil 41.8 42.2 42.5 42.8 43.3
India mil 462 471 479 488 496
Indonesia mil 120 121 123 124 125
Japan mil 65.6 66.0 66.2 66.4 66.8
Mexico mil 53.4 54.3 54.8 56.0 57.0
Nigeria mil 51.4 52.8 54.3 55.8 57.4
Pakistan mil 59.4 61.3 62.7 65.4 66.9
Philippines mil 40.4 41.1 42.4 43.1 43.7
Russia mil 75.9 75.5 75.3 75.1 75.0
USA mil 158 159 160 161 163
Vietnam mil 53.2 54.6 55.4 56.0 56.3