Costa Rica Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Costa Rica unemployment rate for 2020 was 17.08%, a 5.59% increase from 2019.
  • Costa Rica unemployment rate for 2019 was 11.49%, a 1.86% 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.
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%
Costa Rica Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 17.08% 5.59%
2019 11.49% 1.86%
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% -1.01%
2012 9.78% -0.36%
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% 0.23%
2002 6.33% 0.41%
2001 5.92% 0.84%
2000 5.08% -0.82%
1999 5.90% 0.57%
1998 5.33% -0.35%
1997 5.68% -0.48%
1996 6.16% 0.98%
1995 5.18% 1.13%
1994 4.05% 0.10%
1993 3.95% 0.02%
1992 3.93% -1.44%
1991 5.37% -1.44%