International employment-population ratios, 2011
August 14, 2012
In 2011, among countries covered by the BLS international comparisons program, Mexico had the highest employment-population ratio among men (72.4 percent), and Canada and New Zealand had the highest employment-population ratios among women (58.5 and 58.3 percent, respectively).
Turkey recorded the lowest employment-population ratio among women (24.1 percent). Turkey also experienced the largest employment-population ratio gap between men (64.8 percent) and women. South Africa had the lowest employment-population ratio among men (47.4 percent).
In the United States, the employment-population ratios for men and women were 63.9 and 53.2 percent, respectively.
These data are from the International Labor Comparisons program. The employment-population ratio represents the proportion of the working-age population that is employed. To learn more, see "International Comparisons of Annual Labor Force Statistics, Adjusted to U.S. Concepts, 16 Countries, 1970–2011" (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, International employment-population ratios, 2011 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120814.htm (visited November 27, 2015).
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