Australia Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Australia unemployment rate for 2020 was 6.61%, a 1.45% increase from 2019.
  • Australia unemployment rate for 2019 was 5.16%, a 0.14% decline from 2018.
  • Australia unemployment rate for 2018 was 5.30%, a 0.29% decline from 2017.
  • Australia unemployment rate for 2017 was 5.59%, a 0.12% decline 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%
Australia Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 6.61% 1.45%
2019 5.16% -0.14%
2018 5.30% -0.29%
2017 5.59% -0.12%
2016 5.71% -0.34%
2015 6.05% -0.03%
2014 6.08% 0.42%
2013 5.66% 0.44%
2012 5.22% 0.14%
2011 5.08% -0.13%
2010 5.21% -0.35%
2009 5.56% 1.33%
2008 4.23% -0.15%
2007 4.38% -0.40%
2006 4.78% -0.25%
2005 5.03% -0.37%
2004 5.40% -0.53%
2003 5.93% -0.44%
2002 6.37% -0.37%
2001 6.74% 0.46%
2000 6.28% -0.59%
1999 6.87% -0.81%
1998 7.68% -0.68%
1997 8.36% -0.15%
1996 8.51% 0.04%
1995 8.47% -1.25%
1994 9.72% -1.15%
1993 10.87% 0.14%
1992 10.73% 1.15%
1991 9.58% 1.15%