Women and Men in the Labor Force, 2010 and Projected 2020, Ages 15+*1
|Number of Women in the Labor Force
|Number of Men in the Labor Force
|Number of Women in Labor Force,
|Number of Men in Labor Force,
|LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN||115,438,000||165,438,000||141,545,000||190,491,000|
Labor Force by Gender and Region, 2010 and Projected 2020, Ages 15+2
Labor Force Participation Rates of Women and Men, 2010 and Projected 20203
|Country||Women, 2010||Men, 2010||Women, Projected 2020||Men, Projected 2020|
|Latin America and Caribbean||53.2%||79.8%||55.9%||78.9%|
* Although women’s share of the labor force has increased almost everywhere, women are still less likely than men to be considered economically active. A major reason for the statistical discrepancy is the definition of "work." National labor statistics generally count workers in or seeking employment in formal sector enterprises and not those engaging in unstructured and unregulated casual labor, such as petty trade, food processing, and domestic work, in which women are far more active than men.4
** Also includes Bermuda, Greenland, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon. The ILO includes Mexico in Central America.
*** Includes area island nations as well as Melanesia and Micronesia.
How to cite this product: Catalyst. Catalyst Quick Take: Global Women. New York: Catalyst, 2012.
- 1. International Labour Office Bureau of Statistics, "Economically Active Population Estimates and Projections 1990-2020 (EAPEP)," LABORSTA (2011).
- 2. International Labour Office Bureau of Statistics, "Economically Active Population Estimates and Projections 1990-2020 (EAPEP)," LABORSTA (2011).
- 3. International Labour Office Bureau of Statistics, "Economically Active Population Estimates and Projections 1990-2020 (EAPEP)," LABORSTA (2011).
- 4. Joni Seager, The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World (New York: Penguin, 2003).