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Labour Force

This entry contains the total labor force figure of each country in the world.

Country
Labour Force
15 million (2004 est.)
Albania 1.09 million (not including 352,000 emigrant workers) (September 2006 est.)
Algeria 9.38 million (2007 est.)
American Samoa 17,630 (2005)
Andorra 42,420 (2005)
Angola 6.573 million (2007 est.)
Anguilla 6,049 (2001)
Antigua and Barbuda 30,000 (1991)
Argentina 16.1 million
note: urban areas only (2007 est.)
Armenia 1.2 million (2007 est.)
Aruba 41,500 (2004 est.)
Australia 10.9 million (2007 est.)
Austria 3.56 million (2007 est.)
Azerbaijan 5.243 million (2007 est.)
Bahamas, The 181,900 (2006)
Bahrain 363,000
note: 44% of the population in the 15-64 age group is non-national (2007 est.)
Bangladesh 69.4 million
note: extensive export of labor to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Qatar, and Malaysia; workers' remittances estimated at $4.8 billion in 2005-06. (2007 est.)
Barbados 128,500 (2001 est.)
Belarus 4.3 million (31 December 2005)
Belgium 5.03 million (2007 est.)
Belize 113,000
note: shortage of skilled labor and all types of technical personnel (2006 est.)
Benin 5.38 million (2007 est.)
Bermuda 38,360 (2004)
Bhutan NA
note: major shortage of skilled labor
Bolivia 4.793 million (2006 est.)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.026 million (2001)
Botswana 288,400 formal sector employees (2004)
Brazil 99.47 million (2007 est.)
British Virgin Islands 12,770 (2004)
Brunei 180,400 (2006 est.)
Bulgaria 3.44 million (2007 est.)
Burkina Faso 5 million
note: a large part of the male labor force migrates annually to neighboring countries for seasonal employment (2003)
Burma 29.26 million (2007 est.)
Burundi 2.99 million (2002)
Cambodia 7 million (2003 est.)
Cameroon 6.68 million (2007 est.)
Canada 17.9 million (2007 est.)
Cape Verde 120,600 (1990)
Cayman Islands 23,450 (2004)
Central African Republic 1.857 million (2006)
Chad 3.747 million (2006)
Chile 6.97 million (2007 est.)
China 803.3 million (2007 est.)
Christmas Island NA
Cocos (Keeling) Islands NA
Colombia 20.65 million (2007 est.)
Comoros 144,500 (1996 est.)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 15 million (2006 est.)
Congo, Republic of the NA
Cook Islands 6,820 (2001)
Costa Rica 1.946 million
note: this official estimate excludes Nicaraguans living in Costa Rica (2007 est.)
Cote d'Ivoire 6.907 million (68% agricultural) (2007 est.)
Croatia 1.714 million (2007 est.)
Cuba 4.853 million
note: state sector 78%, non-state sector 22% (2007 est.)
Cyprus 377,400 (2007 est.)
Czech Republic 5.35 million (2007 est.)
Denmark 2.9 million (2007 est.)
Djibouti 282,000 (2000)
Dominica 25,000 (2000 est.)
Dominican Republic 3.986 million (2007 est.)
Ecuador 4.55 million (urban) (2007 est.)
Egypt 22.49 million (2007 est.)
El Salvador 2.87 million (2007 est.)
Equatorial Guinea NA
Eritrea NA
Estonia 688,000 (2007 est.)
Ethiopia 27.27 million (1999)
European Union 222.4 million (2006 est.)
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) 1,724 (est.) (1996)
Faroe Islands 24,250 (October 2000)
Fiji 117,500 (2006 est.)
Finland 2.68 million (2007 est.)
France 27.76 million (2007 est.)
French Polynesia 65,930 (December 2005)
Gabon 582,000 (2007 est.)
Gambia, The 400,000 (1996)
Gaza Strip 267,000 (2006)
Georgia 2.02 million (2007 est.)
Germany 43.63 million (2007 est.)
Ghana 11.29 million (2007 est.)
Gibraltar 12,690 (including non-Gibraltar laborers) (2001)
Greece 4.94 million (2007 est.)
Greenland 32,120 (2004)
Grenada 42,300 (1996)
Guam 62,050 (2002 est.)
Guatemala 3.958 million (2007 est.)
Guernsey 31,470 (March 2006)
Guinea 3.7 million (2006 est.)
Guinea-Bissau 480,000 (1999)
Guyana 418,000 (2001 est.)
Haiti 3.6 million
note: shortage of skilled labor, unskilled labor abundant (1995)
Holy See (Vatican City) NA
Honduras 2.812 million (2007 est.)
Hong Kong 3.64 million (2007 est.)
Hungary 4.19 million (2007 est.)
Iceland 180,000 (2007 est.)
India 516.4 million (2007 est.)
Indonesia 108 million (2007 est.)
Iran 28.7 million
note: shortage of skilled labor (2006 est.)
Iraq 7.4 million (2004 est.)
Ireland 2.21 million (2007 est.)
Isle of Man 39,690 (2001)
Israel 2.88 million (2007 est.)
Italy 24.86 million (2007 est.)
Jamaica 1.255 million (2007 est.)
Japan 66.07 million (2007 est.)
Jersey 53,560 (June 2006)
Jordan 1.563 million (2007 est.)
Kazakhstan 8.156 million (2007 est.)
Kenya 11.85 million (2005 est.)
Kiribati 7,870 economically active, not including subsistence farmers (2001 est.)
Korea, North 20 million
note: estimates vary widely (2004 est.)
Korea, South 23.99 million (2007 est.)
Kosovo 832,000 (June 2007 est.)
Kuwait 1.167 million
note: non-Kuwaitis represent about 80% of the labor force (2007 est.)
Kyrgyzstan 2.7 million (2000)
Laos 2.1 million (2006 est.)
Latvia 1.136 million (2006 est.)
Lebanon 1.5 million
note: in addition, there are as many as 1 million foreign workers (2005 est.)
Lesotho 838,000 (2000 est.)
Libya 1.82 million (2007 est.)
Liechtenstein 29,500 of whom 13,900 commute from Austria, Switzerland, and Germany to work each day (31 December 2001)
Lithuania 1.587 million (2007 est.)
Luxembourg 205,000 of whom 121,600 are foreign cross-border workers commuting primarily from France, Belgium, and Germany (2007 est.)
Macau 275,000 (2006)
Macedonia 906,900 (2007 est.)
Madagascar 7.3 million (2000)
Malawi 4.5 million (2001 est.)
Malaysia 10.91 million (2007 est.)
Maldives 101,300 (2004)
Mali 5.4 million (2007 est.)
Malta 164,000 (2006 est.)
Marshall Islands 14,680 (2000)
Mauritania 786,000 (2001)
Mauritius 552,700 (2007 est.)
Mayotte 44,560 (2002)
Mexico 45.38 million (2007 est.)
Micronesia, Federated States of 37,410 (2000)
Moldova 1.333 million (2007 est.)
Monaco 44,000
note: includes workers from all foreign countries (2005 est.)
Mongolia 1.042 million (2006)
Montenegro 259,100 (2004)
Montserrat 4,521
note: lowered by flight of people from volcanic activity (2000 est.)
Morocco 11.35 million (2007 est.)
Mozambique 9.6 million (2007 est.)
Namibia 660,000 (2007 est.)
Nepal 11.11 million
note: severe lack of skilled labor (2006 est.)
Netherlands 7.5 million (2007 est.)
Netherlands Antilles 83,600 (2005)
New Caledonia 78,990 (2004)
New Zealand 2.23 million (2007 est.)
Nicaragua 2.262 million (2007 est.)
Niger 70,000 salaried workers, 60% of whom are employed in the public sector (1995)
Nigeria 50.13 million (2007 est.)
Niue 663 (2001)
Norfolk Island NA
Northern Mariana Islands 44,470 total indigenous labor force; 2,699 unemployed; 28,717 foreign workers (2000)
Norway 2.5 million (2007 est.)
Oman 920,000 (2002 est.)
Pakistan 49.18 million
note: extensive export of labor, mostly to the Middle East, and use of child labor (2007 est.)
Palau 9,777 (2005)
Panama 1.471 million
note: shortage of skilled labor, but an oversupply of unskilled labor (2007 est.)
Papua New Guinea 3.557 million (2007 est.)
Paraguay 2.735 million (2007)
Peru 9.419 million (2007 est.)
Philippines 36.22 million (2007 est.)
Pitcairn Islands 15 able-bodied men (2004)
Poland 17.01 million (2007 est.)
Portugal 5.5 million (2007 est.)
Puerto Rico 1.3 million (2000)
Qatar 638,000 (2007 est.)
Romania 9.35 million (2007 est.)
Russia 75.1 million (November 2007 est.)
Rwanda 4.6 million (2000)
Saint Helena 2,486
note: 1,200 work offshore (1998 est.)
Saint Kitts and Nevis 18,170 (June 1995)
Saint Lucia 43,800 (2001 est.)
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 3,450 (2005)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 41,680 (1991 est.)
Samoa 90,000 (2000 est.)
San Marino 20,470 (2004)
Sao Tome and Principe 35,050 (1991)
Saudi Arabia 6.488 million
note: more than 35% of the population in the 15-64 age group is non-national (2007 est.)
Senegal 4.85 million (2007 est.)
Serbia 2.961 million (2002 est.)
Seychelles 39,560 (2006)
Sierra Leone 1.369 million (1981 est.)
Singapore 2.67 million (2007 est.)
Slovakia 2.661 million (2007 est.)
Slovenia 920,000 (2007 est.)
Solomon Islands 249,200 (1999)
Somalia 3.7 million (few skilled laborers) (1975)
South Africa 20.49 million economically active (2007 est.)
Spain 22.01 million (2007 est.)
Sri Lanka 7.67 million (2007 est.)
Sudan 7.415 million (1996 est.)
Suriname 156,700 (2004)
Svalbard NA
Swaziland 300,000 (2006)
Sweden 4.66 million (2007 est.)
Switzerland 3.85 million (2007 est.)
Syria 5.457 million (2007 est.)
Taiwan 10.78 million (2007 est.)
Tajikistan 2.1 million (2007 est.)
Tanzania 19.69 million (2007 est.)
Thailand 37.12 million (2007 est.)
Timor-Leste NA
Togo 1.302 million (1998)
Tokelau 440 (2001)
Tonga 33,910 (2003)
Trinidad and Tobago 615,400 (2007 est.)
Tunisia 3.591 million (2007 est.)
Turkey 25.27 million
note: about 1.2 million Turks work abroad (2007 est.)
Turkmenistan 2.089 million (2004 est.)
Turks and Caicos Islands 4,848 (1990 est.)
Tuvalu 3,615 (2004 est.)
Uganda 14.05 million (2007 est.)
Ukraine 21.63 million (2007 est.)
United Arab Emirates 3.119 million (2007 est.)
United Kingdom 30.71 million (2007 est.)
United States 153.1 million (includes unemployed) (2007 est.)
Uruguay 1.5 million (2007 est.)
Uzbekistan 14.6 million (2007 est.)
Vanuatu 76,410 (1999)
Venezuela 12.5 million (2007 est.)
Vietnam 45.73 million (2007 est.)
Virgin Islands 43,980 (2004 est.)
Wallis and Futuna 3,104 (2003)
West Bank 605,000 (2006)
Western Sahara 12,000 (2005 est.)
World 3.001 billion (2007 est.)
Yemen 6.316 million (2007 est.)
Zambia 4.989 million (2007 est.)
Zimbabwe 3.998 million (2007 est.)

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