Afghanistan Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Afghanistan unemployment rate for 2018 was 1.54%, a 0.02% decline from 2017.
  • Afghanistan unemployment rate for 2017 was 1.56%, a 0.08% decline from 2016.
  • Afghanistan unemployment rate for 2016 was 1.63%, a 0.05% decline from 2015.
  • Afghanistan unemployment rate for 2015 was 1.68%, a 0.06% decline from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Afghanistan Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2018 1.54% -0.02%
2017 1.56% -0.08%
2016 1.63% -0.05%
2015 1.68% -0.06%
2014 1.74% 0.01%
2013 1.73% 0.03%
2012 1.69% -0.29%
2011 1.98% -0.29%
2010 2.28% -0.20%
2009 2.47% -0.02%
2008 2.49% 0.37%
2007 2.13% -0.70%
2006 2.83% -0.12%
2005 2.94% -0.15%
2004 3.09% -0.33%
2003 3.42% -0.13%
2002 3.55% 0.12%
2001 3.43% -0.09%
2000 3.52% -0.09%
1999 3.61% 0.07%
1998 3.54% -0.07%
1997 3.60% -0.02%
1996 3.62% -0.03%
1995 3.65% 0.04%
1994 3.61% 0.15%
1993 3.46% 0.29%
1992 3.17% 0.20%
1991 2.98% 0.20%