Special Report

Countries With the Best (and Worst) Jobs

6. United Arab Emirates
> Pct. of adults with “great” jobs:
> Pct. of adults with “good” jobs: 58%
> 2014 GDP per capita: $58,917
> Unemployment rate: N/A

No country in the world has a larger share of adults who work at least 30 hours a week for a steady paycheck than the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Over half of the adult population, 58%, has a good job. While the share of adults with a good job captures a measure of economic security and quality of life to a degree, it does not reflect levels of job satisfaction. One in 10 adults in the UAE have a job where they utilize their strengths and feel as though they are accomplishing something meaningful. As in many countries with relatively large shares of adults with great jobs, UAE has a relatively large economy. After adjusting for regional price differences, per capita GDP in the Gulf nation is equal to nearly $59,000 per person, a larger GDP per capita than that of all but five other countries. Kuwait is the only other Middle Eastern countries with a similarly large share of adults with great jobs.

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5. Russia
> Pct. of adults with “great” jobs:
> Pct. of adults with “good” jobs: 47%
> 2014 GDP per capita: $22,564
> Unemployment rate: 6.5%

Home to roughly 143 million people, Russia is one of the largest countries in the world, both by population and landmass. Literacy is is an essential component to a functional economy, and effectively the entire population of Russia’s adults can read and write. One in 10 Russian adults have jobs where they are engaged, use their strengths, and feel their work is meaningful. Only four countries have a higher share of adults that are equally satisfied with their jobs.

4. Costa Rica
> Pct. of adults with “great” jobs:
> Pct. of adults with “good” jobs: 32%
> 2014 GDP per capita: $13,096
> Unemployment rate: 7.7%

For some time, Costa Rica has been one of the more politically and economically stable countries among Central American nations. While Costa Rica’s economy has historically been based on the export of crops such as bananas and coffee, the country’s greatest commodity is tourism. This industry appear to be creating a good deal of steady, full-time work, and more than one in 10 Costa Rican adults work in engaging jobs that provide meaning.

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