UAE Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • UAE unemployment rate for 2020 was 5.00%, a 2.72% increase from 2019.
  • UAE unemployment rate for 2019 was 2.28%, a 0.05% increase from 2018.
  • UAE unemployment rate for 2018 was 2.23%, a 0.23% decline from 2017.
  • UAE unemployment rate for 2017 was 2.46%, a 0.82% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Greece 16.85%
New Caledonia 16.52%
Spain 15.67%
Bahamas 14.41%
French Polynesia 13.81%
Barbados 12.79%
Uruguay 12.67%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 11.84%
Argentina 11.67%
Chile 11.51%
Puerto Rico 11.17%
Panama 10.23%
Canada 9.48%
Italy 9.31%
France 8.62%
Sweden 8.45%
Lithuania 8.43%
Brunei 8.37%
United States 8.31%
Saudi Arabia 8.22%
Latvia 8.19%
Channel Islands 8.16%
Finland 7.83%
Guam 7.51%
Cyprus 7.21%
Croatia 7.20%
Portugal 7.20%
Luxembourg 6.96%
Kuwait 6.79%
Slovak Republic 6.79%
Trinidad and Tobago 6.74%
Australia 6.61%
Estonia 6.46%
Belgium 6.01%
Ireland 5.92%
Hong Kong 5.80%
Austria 5.77%
Denmark 5.66%
Singapore 5.19%
Slovenia 5.17%
Iceland 5.01%
UAE 5.00%
Oman 4.97%
Switzerland 4.94%
Norway 4.62%
Israel 4.61%
New Zealand 4.55%
Hungary 4.35%
United Kingdom 4.34%
Germany 4.31%
Netherlands 4.09%
Malta 4.09%
Bahrain 4.09%
South Korea 4.07%
Poland 3.55%
Qatar 3.45%
Japan 2.97%
Czech Republic 2.94%
Macao 2.50%
UAE Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 5.00% 2.72%
2019 2.28% 0.05%
2018 2.23% -0.23%
2017 2.46% 0.82%
2016 1.64% -0.10%
2015 1.74% -0.10%
2014 1.84% -0.11%
2013 1.95% -0.14%
2012 2.09% -0.14%
2011 2.23% -0.13%
2010 2.36% -0.17%
2009 2.53% -0.32%
2008 2.85% -0.14%
2007 2.99% -0.07%
2006 3.06% -0.06%
2005 3.12% 0.22%
2004 2.90% 0.19%
2003 2.71% 0.15%
2002 2.56% 0.15%
2001 2.41% 0.16%
2000 2.25% 0.10%
1999 2.15% 0.08%
1998 2.07% 0.09%
1997 1.98% 0.09%
1996 1.89% 0.09%
1995 1.80% 0.04%
1994 1.76% 0.03%
1993 1.73% -0.02%
1992 1.75% 0.00%
1991 1.75% 0.00%