Botswana Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Botswana unemployment rate for 2019 was 18.19%, a 0.84% increase from 2018.
  • Botswana unemployment rate for 2018 was 17.35%, a 0.15% decline from 2017.
  • Botswana unemployment rate for 2017 was 17.51%, a 0.15% decline from 2016.
  • Botswana unemployment rate for 2016 was 17.66%, a 0.09% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
South Africa 28.18%
St. Lucia 20.71%
Namibia 20.27%
Gabon 20.00%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 18.88%
Libya 18.56%
Bosnia 18.43%
Botswana 18.19%
North Macedonia 17.76%
Armenia 16.99%
Montenegro 14.88%
Jordan 14.72%
Turkey 13.49%
Iraq 12.82%
Serbia 12.69%
Albania 12.33%
Brazil 12.08%
Costa Rica 11.85%
Guyana 11.85%
Algeria 11.70%
Iran 11.38%
Colombia 9.71%
Venezuela 8.80%
Samoa 8.36%
Jamaica 8.00%
Suriname 7.33%
Mauritius 6.67%
Equatorial Guinea 6.43%
Belize 6.41%
Lebanon 6.23%
Maldives 6.14%
Dominican Republic 5.85%
Azerbaijan 5.51%
Paraguay 4.81%
Belarus 4.60%
Kazakhstan 4.59%
Russia 4.59%
Bulgaria 4.34%
China 4.32%
Fiji 4.10%
Romania 3.98%
Ecuador 3.97%
Turkmenistan 3.91%
Mexico 3.43%
Malaysia 3.32%
Peru 3.31%
Guatemala 2.46%
Cuba 1.64%
Tonga 1.12%
Thailand 0.75%
Botswana Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 18.19% 0.84%
2018 17.35% -0.15%
2017 17.51% -0.15%
2016 17.66% -0.09%
2015 17.75% -0.07%
2014 17.82% -0.10%
2013 17.92% 0.03%
2012 17.89% 0.02%
2011 17.87% 0.00%
2010 17.86% 1.69%
2009 16.17% -0.14%
2008 16.31% -0.66%
2007 16.97% -0.83%
2006 17.80% -2.00%
2005 19.80% -1.97%
2004 21.77% -2.03%
2003 23.80% 2.67%
2002 21.14% 2.60%
2001 18.54% 2.66%
2000 15.88% -2.47%
1999 18.35% -2.51%
1998 20.86% -0.35%
1997 21.21% -0.37%
1996 21.58% 0.20%
1995 21.38% 0.18%
1994 21.20% 2.58%
1993 18.62% 2.54%
1992 16.09% 2.27%
1991 13.82% 2.27%