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Number of employed people in China 2007-2017

Number of employed people in China from 2007 to 2017 (in millions)

by Shu Han, last edited Feb 5, 2019
Number of employed people in China 2007-2017 The graph shows the number of employed people in China from 2007 to 2017. In 2017, the workforce in China had amounted to around 776 million people.
Workforce in China – additional information

In 2017, China’s total population had reached 1.39 billion. The labor force of China, which refers to the population aged 16 and over and capable of working, stood at 807 million in 2016, marking an increase of seven million people from 2015. Out of the economically active population, approximately 776 million had been employed in 2017. As of 2016, there were about 41.4 billion people employed in urban areas, while 362 million people had been working in rural areas.

Although the workforce in China had been steadily increasing, the labor force participation rate in China, meaning the share of the Chinese working-age population that participated in the labor force had slightly decreased, dropping from 72.3 percent in 2007 to 68.9 percent in 2017.

Between 2007 to 2017, the share of the workforce employed in the primary sector had declined significantly in China from 40.8 percent in 2007 to 27 percent in 2017, whereas the percentage of people employed in the secondary and tertiary sectors increased. As of 2017, about 28.1 percent of Chinese workers had been employed in secondary and 44.9 percent in tertiary industries.

Partly influenced by the implementation of the one-child policy, the fertility rate in China has receded, resulting in a demographic shift of the age pyramid and, in turn, of the overall workforce.
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Number of employed people in China from 2007 to 2017 (in millions)

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