Economic Trivia

Energy industry contributes to 80% of Libya's GDP, giving it one of highest per capita GDPs in Africa.

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

Data unavailable

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Petroleum; Petrochemicals; Aluminum; Iron and Steel

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $138,287,328,576 (2018)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 7.838% (2018)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $20,706 (2018)
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GDP Country Rank 80/196 (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 %) 2.606% (2013)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) Data unavailable
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 32.6% (2018)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 28.188% (2014)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 4.452% (2008)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($4,705,200,000) (2016)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 2,507,512 (2018)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 7.864% (2018)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 26.624% (2018)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 65.512% (2018)
Unemployment Rate 17.287% (2018)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $28,020,955,438 (2018)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $29,178,725,888 (2018)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 69.839% (2018)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $0 (2018)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $85,500,000 (2016)
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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, Libya’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