Child labor worldwide in 2000, 2004 and 2008

Children in child labor - there were around 115,314,000 children (5 to 17 years) in hazardous work in 2008.

Estimate of the number of children from 5 to 17 years old (in thousands) in employment, child labor and hazardous work in 2000, 2004 and 2008

20002004 *2008
Children in employment351,900322,729305,669
Children in child labor245,500222,294215,269
Children in hazardous work170,500128,381115,314
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Release date

May 2010



Survey time period

2000, 2004 and 2008

Age group

5-17 years

Supplementary notes

* The data for Latin America and the caribbean for the benchmark year 2004 have been retrospectively adjusted because new available data for this region reveal that the 2006 estimate of the decline in the number of children in employment proved to be an overestimate. This revision of the 2004 estimates of children in employment in Latin America and the Caribbean slightly affects the corresponding global estimate as well as the global estimates of related variables. All 2004 estimates have thus been retrospectively adjusted. Further methodological details are provided in a seperate technical publication.

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