UAE Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • UAE unemployment rate for 2018 was 2.58%, a 0.11% increase from 2017.
  • UAE unemployment rate for 2017 was 2.46%, a 0.83% increase from 2016.
  • UAE unemployment rate for 2016 was 1.64%, a 0.2% decline from 2015.
  • UAE unemployment rate for 2015 was 1.84%, a 0.23% decline from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Greece 19.21%
Spain 15.49%
New Caledonia 13.62%
French Polynesia 12.02%
Bahamas 11.85%
Puerto Rico 11.44%
Italy 10.21%
Barbados 9.57%
Argentina 9.48%
Brunei 9.22%
France 9.18%
Croatia 8.85%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 8.41%
Cyprus 8.11%
Uruguay 7.96%
Latvia 7.86%
Finland 7.76%
Channel Islands 7.29%
Chile 7.22%
Portugal 6.86%
Slovak Republic 6.76%
Sweden 6.44%
Belgium 6.32%
Lithuania 6.01%
Canada 5.92%
Saudi Arabia 5.92%
Ireland 5.69%
Guam 5.61%
Slovenia 5.51%
Estonia 5.51%
Luxembourg 5.47%
Australia 5.39%
Denmark 4.98%
Switzerland 4.88%
Austria 4.79%
Malta 4.58%
New Zealand 4.52%
United Kingdom 3.95%
Israel 3.95%
United States 3.93%
Panama 3.92%
Norway 3.92%
Netherlands 3.88%
South Korea 3.80%
Singapore 3.77%
Poland 3.67%
Hungary 3.66%
Germany 3.43%
Oman 3.11%
Iceland 2.92%
Trinidad and Tobago 2.83%
Hong Kong 2.78%
UAE 2.58%
Japan 2.45%
Czech Republic 2.40%
Kuwait 2.08%
Macao 2.02%
Bahrain 0.96%
Qatar 0.14%
UAE Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2018 2.58% 0.11%
2017 2.46% 0.83%
2016 1.64% -0.20%
2015 1.84% -0.23%
2014 2.06% -0.23%
2013 2.29% -0.12%
2012 2.41% -0.09%
2011 2.49% -0.17%
2010 2.66% -0.04%
2009 2.70% 0.37%
2008 2.33% -0.13%
2007 2.47% -0.31%
2006 2.77% -0.35%
2005 3.12% 0.09%
2004 3.03% 0.17%
2003 2.87% 0.23%
2002 2.64% 0.24%
2001 2.40% 0.15%
2000 2.25% 0.08%
1999 2.18% 0.14%
1998 2.04% 0.08%
1997 1.96% 0.08%
1996 1.88% 0.08%
1995 1.80% -0.01%
1994 1.81% 0.01%
1993 1.80% 0.10%
1992 1.70% 0.07%
1991 1.63% 0.07%