August 14, 2012
In 2011, among countries covered by the BLS international comparisons program, Mexico had the highest employment-population ratio among men (72.4 percent), and Canada and New Zealand had the highest employment-population ratios among women (58.5 and 58.3 percent, respectively).
Turkey recorded the lowest employment-population ratio among women (24.1 percent). Turkey also experienced the largest employment-population ratio gap between men (64.8 percent) and women. South Africa had the lowest employment-population ratio among men (47.4 percent).
In the United States, the employment-population ratios for men and women were 63.9 and 53.2 percent, respectively.
These data are from the International Labor Comparisons program. The employment-population ratio represents the proportion of the working-age population that is employed. To learn more, see "International Comparisons of Annual Labor Force Statistics, Adjusted to U.S. Concepts, 16 Countries, 1970–2011" (HTML) (PDF).