South Korea Labor Force Participation Rate 1990-2022

Labor force participation rate for ages 15-24 is the proportion of the population ages 15-24 that is economically active: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.
  • South Korea labor force participation rate for 2021 was 28.23%, a 1.76% increase from 2020.
  • South Korea labor force participation rate for 2020 was 26.47%, a 1.36% decline from 2019.
  • South Korea labor force participation rate for 2019 was 27.83%, a 0.28% increase from 2018.
  • South Korea labor force participation rate for 2018 was 27.55%, a 0.76% decline from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Participation Rate for Ages 15-24
Netherlands 78.66%
Iceland 70.99%
Qatar 68.71%
Australia 68.29%
Switzerland 64.61%
New Zealand 63.20%
Canada 62.74%
Norway 61.23%
Denmark 59.86%
Austria 56.36%
United Kingdom 56.27%
Germany 55.34%
Sweden 54.01%
Finland 52.45%
Malta 51.73%
Bahamas 50.89%
United States 50.49%
Channel Islands 48.71%
Japan 48.31%
UAE 48.19%
Ireland 47.05%
Uruguay 46.00%
Macao 44.89%
Israel 44.81%
Guam 44.06%
New Caledonia 43.03%
Panama 42.99%
Barbados 42.47%
Estonia 41.25%
Bahrain 40.75%
Cyprus 40.31%
Trinidad and Tobago 39.86%
Hong Kong 39.20%
Brunei 39.18%
Singapore 39.14%
Argentina 38.71%
France 38.62%
French Polynesia 38.03%
Luxembourg 37.21%
Oman 36.20%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 35.17%
Lithuania 34.48%
Croatia 34.11%
Latvia 31.72%
Hungary 31.70%
Spain 31.36%
Poland 30.83%
Portugal 30.20%
Slovenia 29.99%
Belgium 29.45%
South Korea 28.23%
Czech Republic 26.82%
Slovak Republic 26.00%
Chile 25.60%
Kuwait 25.55%
Italy 24.76%
Saudi Arabia 23.33%
Puerto Rico 21.40%
Greece 20.22%
South Korea Labor Force Participation Rate - Historical Data
Year Participation Rate for Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2021 28.23% 1.76%
2020 26.47% -1.36%
2019 27.83% 0.28%
2018 27.55% -0.76%
2017 28.31% -0.24%
2016 28.55% 0.12%
2015 28.44% 1.53%
2014 26.91% 1.91%
2013 24.99% 0.21%
2012 24.78% 0.75%
2011 24.03% 0.57%
2010 23.46% 0.11%
2009 23.36% -1.07%
2008 24.42% -2.21%
2007 26.63% -2.39%
2006 29.02% -2.61%
2005 31.63% -1.80%
2004 33.43% 0.52%
2003 32.91% -0.16%
2002 33.07% 0.67%
2001 32.41% 0.93%
2000 31.48% -0.85%
1999 32.33% -0.05%
1998 32.38% -2.63%
1997 35.01% -1.11%
1996 36.12% -1.00%
1995 37.13% -0.29%
1994 37.42% 0.35%
1993 37.07% -0.51%
1992 37.58% 0.13%
1991 37.46% 2.13%
1990 35.33% 2.13%