Economic Trivia

About 90% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2016): Switzerland, China, and Cote d'Ivoire
Top 3 Exported Goods (2016): Precious Stones & Metals, Cotton, and Oil Seeds

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Cotton Lint; Beverages; Agricultural Processing; Soap

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $32,074,131,886 (2016)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 5.862% (2016)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $1,720 (2016)
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GDP Country Rank 125/194 (2016)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) -0.247% (2016)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $2,824,879,000 (2016)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 41.3% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 2.586% (2016)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 6.14% (2016)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($997,625,572) (2014)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 8,771,042 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 67.4% (2007)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 10.1% (2007)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 22.3% (2007)
Unemployment Rate 2.937% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $4,530,985,584 (2016)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $3,049,479,250 (2016)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 45.983% (2016)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $308,723,322 (2016)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $426,647,695 (2014)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Burkina Faso’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank