Global Labor Force Participation for Children dropped 50% between 1950 and 1995

Global Labor Force Participation for Children dropped 50% from 1950 to 1995

Measuring child labor is unfortunately not 100% reliable because – among other factors – lack of data from different countries. However, the data we have paints a very positive picture. Within 45 years we managed to cut child labor force participation in half, from 27% down to 13%!

I was surprised to see that the chart stops at 1995 and that we don’t have any newer data from that source, but it is very likely that this trend has continued for the past 20 years – which is not just an assumption on my part as you will see in the following chart – and will probably continue to fall in the coming decades.

This graph takes data from a different source and includes children from a slightly different age group than the previous chart. For this reason the two charts show different values and cannot be directly compared. However, they paint a similar picture with a downward trend in the number of children having to work. In the latter visualisation you can see a drop from  23% to 17% between the years 2000 and 2012 underlining my previous assumption.

For more information on this topic, please visit the source at: Both charts are licensed under CC-BY-SA by the author Max Roser.

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