Botswana Unemployment Rate 1991-2019

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Botswana unemployment rate for 2018 was 17.94%, a 0.31% increase from 2017.
  • Botswana unemployment rate for 2017 was 17.63%, a 0.32% decline from 2016.
  • Botswana unemployment rate for 2016 was 17.95%, a 0.01% decline from 2015.
  • Botswana unemployment rate for 2015 was 17.96%, a 0.27% decline from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
South Africa 26.96%
Namibia 23.10%
North Macedonia 21.55%
St. Lucia 20.87%
Bosnia 20.84%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 19.76%
Gabon 19.49%
Botswana 17.94%
Armenia 17.71%
Libya 17.29%
Montenegro 15.46%
Jordan 15.03%
Albania 13.90%
Serbia 13.51%
Brazil 12.54%
Guyana 12.15%
Algeria 12.15%
Iran 12.00%
Turkey 10.90%
Jamaica 9.45%
Belize 9.37%
Equatorial Guinea 9.16%
Colombia 9.09%
Venezuela 8.37%
Samoa 8.33%
Costa Rica 8.13%
Iraq 7.93%
Suriname 7.63%
Mauritius 6.87%
Lebanon 6.17%
Maldives 6.08%
Dominican Republic 5.83%
Belarus 5.71%
Bulgaria 5.26%
Azerbaijan 5.22%
Kazakhstan 4.89%
Russia 4.74%
Paraguay 4.71%
China 4.42%
Romania 4.30%
Fiji 4.15%
Ecuador 3.91%
Turkmenistan 3.78%
Malaysia 3.36%
Mexico 3.32%
Peru 2.84%
Guatemala 2.73%
Cuba 2.26%
Tonga 1.03%
Thailand 0.67%
Botswana Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2018 17.94% 0.31%
2017 17.63% -0.32%
2016 17.95% -0.01%
2015 17.96% -0.27%
2014 18.22% -0.06%
2013 18.29% 0.37%
2012 17.91% 0.14%
2011 17.77% -0.09%
2010 17.86% 1.69%
2009 16.17% 0.24%
2008 15.93% -0.70%
2007 16.63% -1.17%
2006 17.80% -2.03%
2005 19.83% -1.85%
2004 21.68% -2.12%
2003 23.80% 2.60%
2002 21.20% 2.66%
2001 18.54% 2.66%
2000 15.88% -3.05%
1999 18.93% -1.93%
1998 20.86% -0.79%
1997 21.65% 0.07%
1996 21.58% 0.19%
1995 21.39% 0.19%
1994 21.20% 2.62%
1993 18.58% 2.72%
1992 15.87% 2.05%
1991 13.82% 2.05%