Economic Trivia

Thailand has one of the lowest unemployment levels in the world, at less than 1%.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2016): China, Japan, and United States
Top 3 Exported Goods (2016): Industrial Machinery, Electrical Machinery, and Motor Vehicles & Parts

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Tourism; Textiles and Garments; Agricultural Processing; Beverages

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $1,233,736,125,773 (2017)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 3.903% (2017)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $17,871 (2017)
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GDP Country Rank 19/195 (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 %) 0.666% (2017)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $129,764,967,304 (2017)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 28.7% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 2.055% (2017)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 27.068% (2017)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $48,126,443,407 (2017)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 39,136,388 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 32.798% (2017)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 22.557% (2017)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 44.646% (2017)
Unemployment Rate 1.083% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $220,486,423,545 (2016)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $280,449,875,908 (2016)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 100.931% (2017)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $7,944,085,163 (2017)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $75,353,575,713 (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, Thailand’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