Economic Trivia

Kenya is the largest economy in East Africa.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2021): China, India, and United Arab Emirates
Top 3 Exported Goods (2018): Coffee & Spices, Live Plants, and Oil & Mineral Fuels

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Small-Scale Consumer Goods (Plastic, Furniture, Batteries, Textiles, Clothing, Soap, Cigarettes, Flour); Agricultural Products; Horticulture; Oil Refining

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $311,409,577,561 (2022)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 4.847% (2022)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $5,764 (2022)
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GDP Country Rank 61/197 (2022)

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 %) 7.657% (2022)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $41,201,479,489 (2021)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 37.2% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 7.428% (2021)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 7.827% (2022)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($5,744,077,674) (2021)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 24,985,164 (2022)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 33.034% (2021)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 15.727% (2021)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 51.239% (2021)
Unemployment Rate 5.502% (2022)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $24,401,529,536 (2022)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $13,854,529,473 (2022)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 25.671% (2022)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $393,583,092 (2022)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $4,272,456,880 (2021)
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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, Kenya’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