Costa Rica Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Costa Rica unemployment rate for 2019 was 11.85%, a 2.22% increase from 2018.
  • Costa Rica unemployment rate for 2018 was 9.63%, a 1.49% increase from 2017.
  • Costa Rica unemployment rate for 2017 was 8.14%, a 0.46% decline from 2016.
  • Costa Rica unemployment rate for 2016 was 8.60%, a 0.4% 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%
Costa Rica Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 11.85% 2.22%
2018 9.63% 1.49%
2017 8.14% -0.46%
2016 8.60% -0.40%
2015 9.00% -0.06%
2014 9.06% 0.29%
2013 8.77% -1.02%
2012 9.78% -0.35%
2011 10.14% 2.97%
2010 7.17% -0.54%
2009 7.71% 2.93%
2008 4.78% 0.29%
2007 4.49% -1.25%
2006 5.74% -0.83%
2005 6.57% 0.18%
2004 6.39% -0.17%
2003 6.56% 0.22%
2002 6.33% 0.42%
2001 5.92% 0.83%
2000 5.08% -0.81%
1999 5.90% 0.57%
1998 5.33% -0.35%
1997 5.68% -0.48%
1996 6.16% 0.99%
1995 5.18% 1.13%
1994 4.05% 0.09%
1993 3.95% 0.03%
1992 3.93% -1.45%
1991 5.37% -1.45%