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 2019 was 2.35%, a 0.12% 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 0.83% increase from 2016.
  • UAE unemployment rate for 2016 was 1.64%, a 0.27% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Greece 17.24%
Spain 13.96%
New Caledonia 12.80%
French Polynesia 12.10%
Bahamas 10.36%
Barbados 10.33%
Italy 9.89%
Argentina 9.79%
Brunei 9.12%
Uruguay 8.73%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 8.66%
France 8.43%
Puerto Rico 8.19%
Channel Islands 7.49%
Cyprus 7.27%
Chile 7.09%
Croatia 6.94%
Finland 6.60%
Latvia 6.52%
Sweden 6.48%
Lithuania 6.35%
Portugal 6.33%
Saudi Arabia 5.93%
Belgium 5.59%
Canada 5.56%
Slovak Republic 5.56%
Luxembourg 5.36%
Guam 5.31%
Australia 5.27%
Estonia 5.12%
Ireland 4.93%
Denmark 4.91%
Austria 4.67%
Switzerland 4.58%
Slovenia 4.20%
South Korea 4.15%
Singapore 4.11%
New Zealand 4.07%
Panama 3.90%
Israel 3.86%
United Kingdom 3.85%
United States 3.68%
Hong Kong 3.63%
Poland 3.47%
Malta 3.47%
Hungary 3.40%
Norway 3.35%
Netherlands 3.20%
Germany 3.04%
Iceland 2.84%
Trinidad and Tobago 2.69%
Oman 2.67%
UAE 2.35%
Japan 2.29%
Macao 2.24%
Kuwait 2.18%
Czech Republic 1.93%
Bahrain 0.71%
Qatar 0.09%
UAE Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 2.35% 0.12%
2018 2.23% -0.23%
2017 2.46% 0.83%
2016 1.64% -0.27%
2015 1.91% -0.30%
2014 2.21% -0.36%
2013 2.58% 0.07%
2012 2.51% 0.01%
2011 2.50% -0.04%
2010 2.53% 0.20%
2009 2.33% 0.38%
2008 1.96% -0.13%
2007 2.08% -0.62%
2006 2.70% -0.42%
2005 3.12% -0.06%
2004 3.18% 0.19%
2003 2.99% 0.27%
2002 2.72% 0.30%
2001 2.41% 0.16%
2000 2.25% 0.01%
1999 2.24% 0.15%
1998 2.09% 0.06%
1997 2.03% 0.03%
1996 2.00% 0.20%
1995 1.80% -0.02%
1994 1.82% -0.10%
1993 1.92% 0.28%
1992 1.64% 0.05%
1991 1.58% 0.05%