Middle Eastern and North Africa Compared by Labor > Labor force, total

DEFINITION: Labor force, total. Total labor force comprises people ages 15 and older who meet the International Labour Organization definition of the economically active population: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period. It includes both the employed and the unemployed. While national practices vary in the treatment of such groups as the armed forces and seasonal or part-time workers, in general the labor force includes the armed forces, the unemployed, and first-time job-seekers, but excludes homemakers and other unpaid caregivers and workers in the informal sector.


1 Egypt 27.19 million 2012
2 Iran 26.13 million 2012
3 Algeria 12.21 million 2012
4 Morocco 11.73 million 2012
5 Saudi Arabia 10.38 million 2012
6 Iraq 8.18 million 2012
7 Yemen 6.86 million 2012
8 Syria 6.31 million 2012
9 United Arab Emirates 6.25 million 2012
10 Tunisia 3.93 million 2012
11 Israel 3.65 million 2012
12 Libya 2.31 million 2012
13 Jordan 1.72 million 2012
14 Kuwait 1.66 million 2012
15 Lebanon 1.64 million 2012
16 Oman 1.6 million 2012
17 Qatar 1.54 million 2012
18 Bahrain 741,723.44 2012


Middle Eastern and North Africa Compared by Labor > Labor force, total


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