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Which Country Has the Most Self-Employed Workers?

Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) (%), 2019
Labour | December 31, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 173 countries in 2019, Burundi ranked the highest in Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) with 94.7% followed by Niger and Chad. On the other end of the scale was Qatar with 0.422%, Kuwait with 1.77% and Bahrain with 2.80%.

Average Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) reached 47.2% in 2019 in the World. This is 0.059 % more than in the previous year and -9.24 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, average Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) reached an all time high of 56.0% in 1991 and an all time low of 47.2% in 2020. The average annual growth amounted to -0.026 % since 1960.

Data for more countries are available at Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) indicator page.

Self-Employed (As % of Total Workforce) Unit 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Benin % 89.6% 89.6% 89.5% 89.3% 89.2%
Burkina Faso % 87.8% 87.7% 87.6% 87.4% 87.2%
Burundi % 94.6% 94.7% 94.7% 94.7% 94.7%
Central African Republic % 92.8% 92.8% 92.7% 92.7% 92.6%
Chad % 93.2% 93.2% 93.3% 93.3% 93.3%
Dem. People's Republic of Korea % 89.9% 89.8% 90.0% 89.7% 89.6%
Equatorial Guinea % 86.2% 86.1% 86.1% 86.0% 86.0%
Eritrea % 87.0% 87.3% 87.2% 87.3% 87.0%
Ethiopia % 87.9% 87.6% 87.3% 87.1% 86.8%
Guinea % 92.1% 92.1% 91.9% 91.7% 91.6%
Madagascar % 89.3% 89.4% 89.3% 89.2% 89.0%
Niger % 94.7% 94.6% 94.5% 94.5% 94.4%
Sierra Leone % 88.9% 89.2% 89.0% 88.9% 88.8%
Somalia % 88.7% 88.6% 88.5% 88.5% 88.4%
South Sudan % 86.6% 87.3% 88.0% 88.4% 88.5%