Economic Trivia

Uruguay was the only country in the Americas that managed to avoid a recession during the global financial crisis of 2008-2009.

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

Top 3 Trade Partners (2016): Brazil, China, and Argentina
Top 3 Exported Goods (2015): Meat, Oil Seeds, and Wood

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Food Processing; Electrical Machinery; Transportation Equipment; Petroleum Products

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $74,477,555,803 (2016)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 1.453% (2016)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $21,625 (2016)
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GDP Country Rank 94/194 (2016)

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 %) 9.639% (2016)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $14,349,584,000 (2011)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 41.8% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 8.521% (2016)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 14.445% (2016)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($1,119,275,176) (2015)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 1,785,830 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 8.85% (2015)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 20.46% (2015)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 70.69% (2015)
Unemployment Rate 8.79% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $10,575,611,356 (2016)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $11,192,990,714 (2016)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 28.934% (2016)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $1,139,110,632 (2016)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $3,083,554,881 (2015)
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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, Uruguay’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