Statistics on the working-age population and labour force
This publication highlights the projected labour force participation across regions of the world, where you can find the largest share of the global labour force, and female participation rates including what is happening with gender gaps. The full database is available in Excel and Stata via the bulk download facility.
This document describes the main elements of the estimation and projection methodologies adopted for the 2017 edition. There are two important changes in this edition as compared to the previous edition. Firstly, the process for incorporating input data has been substantially modified in order to fully integrate the LFEP model within the ILOSTAT database structure, thus taking advantage of ILOSTAT’s quality control system. Secondly, the projections are obtained solely based on econometric methods, becoming more transparent and replicable.