Canada Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Canada unemployment rate for 2020 was 9.48%, a 3.82% increase from 2019.
  • Canada unemployment rate for 2019 was 5.66%, a 0.17% decline from 2018.
  • Canada unemployment rate for 2018 was 5.83%, a 0.51% decline from 2017.
  • Canada unemployment rate for 2017 was 6.34%, a 0.66% 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%
Portugal 7.20%
Croatia 7.20%
Luxembourg 6.96%
Slovak Republic 6.79%
Kuwait 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%
Malta 4.09%
Bahrain 4.09%
Netherlands 4.09%
South Korea 4.07%
Poland 3.55%
Qatar 3.45%
Japan 2.97%
Czech Republic 2.94%
Macao 2.50%
Canada Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 9.48% 3.82%
2019 5.66% -0.17%
2018 5.83% -0.51%
2017 6.34% -0.66%
2016 7.00% 0.09%
2015 6.91% 0.00%
2014 6.91% -0.16%
2013 7.07% -0.22%
2012 7.29% -0.22%
2011 7.51% -0.55%
2010 8.06% -0.28%
2009 8.34% 2.20%
2008 6.14% 0.10%
2007 6.04% -0.28%
2006 6.32% -0.44%
2005 6.76% -0.43%
2004 7.19% -0.38%
2003 7.57% -0.10%
2002 7.67% 0.45%
2001 7.22% 0.39%
2000 6.83% -0.75%
1999 7.58% -0.70%
1998 8.28% -0.82%
1997 9.10% -0.52%
1996 9.62% 0.13%
1995 9.49% -0.91%
1994 10.40% -0.98%
1993 11.38% 0.18%
1992 11.20% 0.88%
1991 10.32% 0.88%