Answered By: Lippincott Library
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2018     Views: 40

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the best resource for historical statistics on labor force participation rates. Use their ILOSTAT database. Under Browse Indicators by Subject, expand the selection for Population and Labour Force and look for Labour force participation rate. Click on the link for By Sex and Age. This will open up a large table with many countries and years of data. Click on the Customize button to narrow by country (Reference Area --> Country A-Z) and year (Time & Frequency). You'll be able to download all available ILO data, from population censuses, ILO model estimates, and more.

Data-Planet also offers data on labor force participation rates:

  • Click Browse by Subject to expand.
  • Next, drill down through International - World Bank - World Development Indicators,  then select Labor and Social Protection.
  • Choose "International" for aggregate data or "Country" for country-specific data. 
  • If necessary, choose one or more countries and select one or more series of participation rate data.
  • You can view the data as a chart or map, and export the data in several formats.