Economic Trivia

The private sector accounts for 85% of Guatemala's GDP.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2016): United States, Mexico, and El Salvador
Top 3 Exported Goods (2016): Fruit & Nuts, Apparel: Knit, and Sugar & Confectionery

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Sugar; Textiles and Clothing; Furniture; Chemicals

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $138,141,869,322 (2017)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 2.76% (2017)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $8,168 (2017)
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GDP Country Rank 77/195 (2017)

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 %) 4.425% (2017)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $22,992,691,189 (2017)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 35.2% (2018)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 9.105% (2017)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 18.002% (2017)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $1,188,700,000 (2017)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 7,042,791 (2018)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 29.255% (2018)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 20.762% (2018)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 49.983% (2018)
Unemployment Rate 2.727% (2018)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $20,312,483,839 (2017)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $14,213,557,615 (2017)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 38.866% (2017)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $1,013,100,000 (2017)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $2,771,600,000 (2017)
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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, Guatemala’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