European Union Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • European Union unemployment rate for 2020 was 7.37%, a 0.68% increase from 2019.
  • European Union unemployment rate for 2019 was 6.70%, a 0.57% decline from 2018.
  • European Union unemployment rate for 2018 was 7.27%, a 0.87% decline from 2017.
  • European Union unemployment rate for 2017 was 8.14%, a 0.98% decline from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Latin America & Caribbean 10.28%
North America 8.44%
Euro Area 8.20%
OECD members 7.38%
European Union 7.37%
Sub-Saharan Africa 6.63%
South Asia 6.63%
World 6.47%
East Asia & Pacific 4.34%
European Union Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 7.37% 0.68%
2019 6.70% -0.57%
2018 7.27% -0.87%
2017 8.14% -0.98%
2016 9.12% -0.90%
2015 10.02% -0.82%
2014 10.85% -0.48%
2013 11.33% 0.52%
2012 10.81% 0.97%
2011 9.84% 0.04%
2010 9.80% 0.68%
2009 9.12% 1.92%
2008 7.20% -0.24%
2007 7.45% -1.18%
2006 8.63% -0.94%
2005 9.57% -0.31%
2004 9.88% 0.24%
2003 9.65% 0.11%
2002 9.54% 0.35%
2001 9.20% -0.63%
2000 9.82% -0.36%
1999 10.18% -0.27%
1998 10.45% -0.42%
1997 10.87% -0.24%
1996 11.11% 0.01%
1995 11.10% -0.41%
1994 11.51% 0.75%
1993 10.76% 1.55%
1992 9.21% 0.53%
1991 8.68% 0.53%