Labor Force Participation Rate Calculator

LAST UPDATE: September 24th, 2020


Definition – What is the labor force participation rate?

The labor force participation rate is the percentage of people who are in the labor force (number of employed and unemployed) at a given time out of all people in the population.

Formula – How to calculate the labor force participation rate

Labor Force Participation Rate = Labor Force / Working Age Non-Institutionalized Population

Labor Force is the number of employed + the number of unemployed.


A country has 400,000 employed, 100,000 unemployed, and a working age non-institutionalized population of 550,000.

Labor Force Participation Rate = (400,000 + 100,000) / 550,000 = 500,000 / 550,000 = 0.9090

Therefore, the Labor Force Participation Rate is 0.9090 or 90.90%.

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