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In 1993 the total labor force was estimated to be about 6.6 million. As recently as 1985, about 60 percent of the working population was engaged in agriculture or animal husbandry, though this percentage may be higher today with the loss of other kinds of employment because of war. Widespread unemployment and a lack of skilled workers and administrators are among the most pressing labor problems.

Labor force, total in Afghanistan was reported at 10937092 in 2017, according to the World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially recognized sources.

Total labor force comprises people ages 15 and older who meet the International Labour Organization definition of the economically active population: all people who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period. It includes both the employed and the unemployed. While national practices vary in the treatment of such groups as the armed forces and seasonal or part-time workers, in general the labor force includes the armed forces, the unemployed, and first-time job-seekers, but excludes homemakers and other unpaid caregivers and workers in the informal sector.

agriculture: 44.3% industry: 18.1% services: 37.6% (2017 est.)

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