Economic Trivia

The UK produces about 60% of food needs with less than 2% of the labor force.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2017): Germany, United States, and China
Top 3 Exported Goods (2017): Industrial Machinery, Motor Vehicles & Parts, and Oil & Mineral Fuels

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Machine Tools; Electric Power Equipment; Automation Equipment; Railroad Equipment

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $2,856,703,440,289 (2017)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 1.787% (2017)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $43,269 (2017)
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GDP Country Rank 10/195 (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 %) 2.691% (2017)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) Data unavailable
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 30.7% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) -1.195% (2014)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 9.203% (2017)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($106,504,800,784) (2017)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 33,870,286 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 1.111% (2017)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 18.359% (2017)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 80.53% (2017)
Unemployment Rate 4.33% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $837,427,058,259 (2017)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $800,593,204,589 (2017)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 41.528% (2017)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $64,685,400,973 (2017)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $357,217,873,260 (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, United Kingdom’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