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International Labor Comparisons: BLS Spotlight on Statistics

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Labor force participation rates by sex, 1970-2011

Men's Labor Force Participation Rate
YearUnited StatesAustraliaCanadaFranceGermanyItalyJapanKorea, Republic ofMexicoNetherlandsNew ZealandSouth AfricaSpainSwedenTurkeyUnited Kingdom

1970

79.784.177.877.578.873.781.577.9NANANANANA78.5NANA

1971

79.183.877.376.677.573.481.977.2NANANANANA78.0NA83.1

1972

78.983.777.575.876.472.081.877.5NANANANANA77.3NA82.8

1973

78.883.278.275.575.871.281.876.8NA79.4NANANA76.8NA82.3

1974

78.782.778.775.374.671.081.677.7NA79.3NANANA76.8NA81.5

1975

77.982.278.474.373.370.681.077.4NA80.0NANANA77.0NA81.2

1976

77.581.579.273.972.570.481.077.4NA79.2NANANA76.5NA80.9

1977

77.781.079.073.771.969.580.378.7NA78.7NANA78.575.6NA80.2

1978

77.979.879.473.171.668.780.077.9NA77.8NANA77.575.1NA79.3

1979

77.879.479.672.671.568.379.776.9NA77.0NANA76.575.1NA78.8

1980

77.479.179.571.971.267.979.376.4NA77.4NANA75.574.9NA78.5

1981

77.078.879.571.170.967.879.375.8NA77.5NANA74.973.8NA78.1

1982

76.678.477.972.570.666.979.075.0NA76.1NANA74.273.4NA77.0

1983

76.477.677.771.770.166.279.173.7NA75.2NANA73.472.9NA76.1

1984

76.477.377.570.770.065.678.472.1NA74.3NANA72.672.4NA76.4

1985

76.376.777.570.570.165.377.672.3NA73.8NANA71.572.5NA76.1

1986

76.376.777.670.070.265.277.372.1NA72.479.4NA71.072.5NA75.5

1987

76.276.277.469.269.964.576.672.5NA69.978.4NA70.471.3NA75.4

1988

76.276.077.268.369.663.976.572.9NA70.176.2NA69.871.7NA75.7

1989

76.476.477.267.869.163.476.473.4NA70.274.9NA69.372.1NA75.9

1990

76.476.576.667.068.563.076.774.0NA70.474.4NA69.072.0NA75.7

1991

75.875.675.566.171.163.777.175.0NA70.773.9NA68.571.7NA74.7

1992

75.875.174.465.970.163.177.575.7NA71.073.2NA67.370.5NA73.5

1993

75.474.573.765.169.364.377.675.7NA69.173.2NA66.769.2NA72.7

1994

75.174.573.464.768.863.477.276.3NA69.473.7NA66.168.5NA72.3

1995

75.074.772.864.468.162.877.076.4NA70.974.2NA65.468.8NA72.0

1996

74.974.472.564.867.862.577.176.2NA71.274.5NA65.468.6NA71.7

1997

75.074.072.764.367.662.377.176.1NA71.774.4NA65.368.1NA71.5

1998

74.973.772.763.767.962.476.675.1NA72.373.6NA65.668.0NA71.2

1999

74.773.472.963.766.162.376.174.4NA72.473.4NA65.967.5NA71.4

2000

74.873.172.863.765.662.375.574.4NA72.673.6NA66.568.5NA71.1

2001

74.472.772.763.365.362.074.874.3NA72.873.9NA66.168.0NA70.9

2002

74.172.573.463.464.662.273.875.0NA73.074.6NA66.768.1NA70.8

2003

73.572.473.763.163.761.673.074.7NA72.773.8NA67.468.0NA70.8

2004

73.372.673.562.764.160.972.475.0NA72.574.6NA67.867.7NA70.6

2005

73.373.073.262.465.260.672.374.677.871.775.0NA68.569.2NA70.5

2006

73.573.272.662.265.560.672.274.178.371.675.5NA68.969.268.770.8

2007

73.273.372.862.065.460.372.474.077.971.975.6NA69.069.568.670.7

2008

73.073.673.062.065.460.271.973.577.571.975.265.869.369.569.070.8

2009

72.073.372.062.165.359.471.273.176.771.274.763.768.469.069.170.2

2010

71.273.371.862.065.159.070.873.076.569.674.461.867.869.469.669.9

2011

70.573.171.761.765.558.770.573.176.468.974.661.267.269.270.669.7

Note: Men's (women's) participation rates are as a percentage of the total male (female) working age population. Data for Mexico refer to 2005–2011, data for South Africa refer to 2008–2011, and data for Turkey refer to 2006–2011.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, International Labor Comparisons.



Women's Labor Force Participation Rate
YearUnited StatesAustraliaCanadaFranceGermanyItalyJapanKorea, Republic ofMexicoNetherlandsNew ZealandSouth AfricaSpainSwedenTurkeyUnited Kingdom

1970

43.340.438.339.838.426.449.239.3NANANANANA50.0NANA

1971

43.441.039.440.238.526.348.639.5NANANANANA50.9NA44.6

1972

43.941.240.240.639.025.647.839.6NANANANANA51.5NA44.9

1973

44.742.441.941.139.526.148.041.5NA28.5NANANA51.7NA45.8

1974

45.743.543.041.439.426.546.541.5NA28.7NANANA53.3NA46.4

1975

46.344.544.441.339.326.845.840.4NA29.5NANANA55.2NA46.6

1976

47.344.346.242.139.327.645.943.2NA29.9NANANA55.9NA46.7

1977

48.444.847.142.939.328.946.941.7NA30.6NANA27.056.7NA46.9

1978

50.044.548.543.239.628.847.543.3NA31.1NANA26.957.5NA47.4

1979

50.944.349.843.739.929.547.643.3NA32.1NANA26.958.5NA48.0

1980

51.545.551.044.040.330.147.242.8NA34.3NANA26.759.3NA48.6

1981

52.145.552.344.340.730.447.342.3NA36.7NANA26.360.1NA48.6

1982

52.645.452.346.640.730.347.643.4NA37.9NANA26.860.5NA48.1

1983

52.945.553.146.640.530.548.542.8NA37.1NANA27.560.8NA48.4

1984

53.646.153.947.040.730.548.040.7NA38.0NANA27.561.1NA50.2

1985

54.547.155.047.141.230.747.841.9NA37.9NANA27.761.5NA50.8

1986

55.349.355.747.741.431.947.843.1NA40.254.7NA28.161.7NA51.4

1987

56.050.056.547.641.732.247.845.0NA41.055.0NA31.061.9NA52.1

1988

56.650.857.447.442.332.348.045.0NA42.454.2NA32.562.4NA52.9

1989

57.452.258.147.642.732.648.746.6NA42.653.0NA32.762.7NA53.6

1990

57.553.258.547.643.132.849.347.0NA44.253.9NA33.463.0NA54.0

1991

57.453.058.447.547.733.249.847.1NA45.354.2NA33.962.4NA53.6

1992

57.853.157.847.947.433.350.047.1NA46.054.0NA34.761.3NA53.1

1993

57.952.957.648.447.235.749.747.1NA46.353.9NA35.460.1NA53.3

1994

58.853.657.448.647.135.549.547.8NA47.155.1NA36.559.2NA53.3

1995

58.954.757.348.947.135.749.348.4NA48.755.9NA37.159.5NA53.5

1996

59.355.057.349.247.436.149.448.9NA49.557.2NA37.759.4NA53.8

1997

59.854.857.848.847.836.349.749.8NA50.957.1NA38.458.6NA54.2

1998

59.855.158.549.148.236.949.447.1NA51.657.0NA38.858.0NA54.4

1999

60.055.059.149.348.337.448.847.6NA52.957.3NA39.558.1NA54.9

2000

59.955.859.549.648.437.948.748.8NA53.857.4NA41.059.2NA55.2

2001

59.856.259.849.748.638.448.549.3NA54.958.3NA40.059.5NA55.1

2002

59.656.360.950.048.738.747.949.8NA55.959.0NA41.859.9NA55.5

2003

59.557.161.950.448.838.647.649.0NA56.159.4NA43.559.9NA55.6

2004

59.256.961.950.549.238.347.649.9NA56.559.9NA44.859.7NA55.8

2005

59.358.061.650.650.337.947.650.139.057.161.0NA46.160.5NA56.1

2006

59.458.661.850.751.238.147.950.340.357.661.4NA47.760.822.056.6

2007

59.359.362.551.051.637.948.150.240.658.761.8NA48.761.322.156.4

2008

59.560.062.651.251.838.648.050.040.659.162.150.850.361.222.856.7

2009

59.260.162.551.652.138.248.249.241.159.462.249.051.460.724.156.8

2010

58.659.862.451.652.438.248.249.441.058.062.147.452.160.625.656.8

2011

58.160.062.251.553.238.447.749.741.258.062.547.952.861.127.056.9

Note: Men's (women's) participation rates are as a percentage of the total male (female) working age population. Data for Mexico refer to 2005–2011, data for South Africa refer to 2008–2011, and data for Turkey refer to 2006–2011.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, International Labor Comparisons.



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