Botswana Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Botswana unemployment rate for 2020 was 17.70%, a 0.49% increase from 2019.
  • Botswana unemployment rate for 2019 was 17.21%, a 0.11% decline from 2018.
  • Botswana unemployment rate for 2018 was 17.32%, a 0.14% decline from 2017.
  • Botswana unemployment rate for 2017 was 17.46%, a 0.16% decline from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
South Africa 28.74%
Gabon 20.47%
Namibia 20.35%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 20.27%
Armenia 20.21%
Libya 19.39%
Jordan 18.50%
North Macedonia 18.40%
Botswana 17.70%
St. Lucia 17.13%
Costa Rica 17.08%
Bosnia 16.85%
Montenegro 15.86%
Guyana 15.82%
Colombia 15.44%
Turkey 13.92%
Iraq 13.74%
Brazil 13.67%
Algeria 12.83%
Albania 11.70%
Iran 10.96%
Equatorial Guinea 9.15%
Venezuela 9.14%
Serbia 9.08%
Dominican Republic 8.90%
Samoa 8.87%
Suriname 8.65%
Jamaica 8.40%
Belize 7.82%
Paraguay 7.61%
Maldives 7.18%
Mauritius 7.11%
Lebanon 6.61%
Azerbaijan 6.27%
Peru 6.24%
Ecuador 6.23%
Kazakhstan 6.05%
Russia 5.73%
Bulgaria 5.71%
Belarus 5.28%
China 5.00%
Romania 4.84%
Fiji 4.79%
Mexico 4.71%
Guatemala 4.65%
Malaysia 4.55%
Turkmenistan 4.38%
Tonga 4.37%
Cuba 3.87%
Thailand 1.02%
Botswana Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 17.70% 0.49%
2019 17.21% -0.11%
2018 17.32% -0.14%
2017 17.46% -0.16%
2016 17.62% -0.09%
2015 17.71% -0.07%
2014 17.78% -0.10%
2013 17.88% 0.02%
2012 17.86% 0.01%
2011 17.85% -0.01%
2010 17.86% 1.69%
2009 16.17% -0.18%
2008 16.35% -0.65%
2007 17.00% -0.78%
2006 17.78% -1.99%
2005 19.77% -1.99%
2004 21.76% -2.04%
2003 23.80% 2.67%
2002 21.13% 2.59%
2001 18.54% 2.66%
2000 15.88% -2.46%
1999 18.34% -2.52%
1998 20.86% -0.36%
1997 21.22% -0.37%
1996 21.59% 0.20%
1995 21.39% 0.19%
1994 21.20% 2.59%
1993 18.61% 2.52%
1992 16.09% 2.27%
1991 13.82% 2.27%