Economic Trivia

Liberia has the highest ratio of direct foreign investment to GDP in the world.

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

Data unavailable

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Rubber Processing; Palm Oil Processing; Timber; Diamonds

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $7,389,760,352 (2018)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 1.223% (2018)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $1,533 (2018)
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GDP Country Rank 162/196 (2018)

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 %) 23.564% (2018)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $1,255,921,757 (2018)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 46.2% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 15.776% (2017)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 1.748% (2018)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($674,092,299) (2018)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 2,232,214 (2019)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 43.273% (2019)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 10.217% (2019)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 46.51% (2019)
Unemployment Rate 2.814% (2019)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $3,079,000,000 (2018)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $849,000,000 (2018)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 50.858% (2018)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $129,129,755 (2018)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $10,006,298 (2018)
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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, Liberia’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