Economic Trivia

Textiles and agriculture make up half of the country's exports.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2019): United States, Mexico, and China
Top 3 Exported Goods (2019): Apparel: Knit, Precious Stones & Metals, and Meat

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Food Processing; Chemicals; Machinery and Metal Products; Knit and Woven Apparel

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $36,883,181,267 (2020)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) -1.977% (2020)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $5,568 (2020)
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GDP Country Rank 125/197 (2020)

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 %) 3.682% (2020)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $12,050,448,082 (2020)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 60.6% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 5.019% (2020)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 12.886% (2020)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $957,800,000 (2020)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 3,028,201 (2020)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 30.599% (2020)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 15.58% (2020)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 53.821% (2020)
Unemployment Rate 5.82% (2020)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $5,951,237,694 (2020)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $5,341,781,662 (2020)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 92.16% (2020)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $503,000,000 (2019)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $882,300,000 (2020)
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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, Nicaragua’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