Special Report

Countries With the Best (and Worst) Jobs

The Countries With the Best Jobs

9. Uruguay
> Pct. of adults with “great” jobs:
> Pct. of adults with “good” jobs: 33%
> 2014 GDP per capita: $17,723
> Unemployment rate: 6.3%

Roughly one-third of adults in Uruguay have steady employment and a steady paycheck. Also 9.% of adult residents are also engaged at work and believe their job matters. While the slightly less than one in 10 adults who have great jobs may seem like a small share, only six countries have a higher share of adults employed in engaging and rewarding jobs. Chile is the only country on the continent with a larger share of the adult population with great jobs.

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8. Mongolia
> Pct. of adults with “great” jobs:
> Pct. of adults with “good” jobs: 28%
> 2014 GDP per capita: $8,802
> Unemployment rate: 7.7%

The total value of goods and services produced annually in Mongolia — the world’s most sparsely populated country — is $10.4 billion. While the country’s economy is small compared to other nations reviewed, GDP grew by more than 17% last year, the fastest economic growth rate in the world. Mongolia’s Gobi desert contains some of the world’s largest coal and copper deposits, and the massive strip mining operations of multinational energy companies in the area have been increasing dramatically over the past several years. As a result of the economic growth, circumstances have improved for many Mongolians, although perhaps not by as much as the booming growth would suggest. A relatively low percentage of adults, some 28%, have steady, full-time employment — or what is considered a good job. Still, of that group, a relatively large share find their work to be rewarding.

7. Kuwait
> Pct. of adults with “great” jobs:
> Pct. of adults with “good” jobs: 50%
> 2014 GDP per capita: $67,131
> Unemployment rate: 2.1%

Many Americans know Kuwait as the small Middle Eastern nation that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein attacked, leading to the start of first Gulf War. Kuwait also ranks as one of the best countries in the world for job quality. Approximately half of Kuwaiti adults have a full-time, steady job with a paycheck, and 9% have an engaging and enjoyable work experience. One likely reason so many adults have a healthy level of employment is the nation’s robust economy. Kuwait’s unemployment rate of roughly 2% is one of the lowest in the world. Kuwaiti GDP grew by nearly 10% last year, one of the fastest growth rates in the world.

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