European Union Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • European Union unemployment rate for 2018 was 6.82%, a 0.79% decline from 2017.
  • European Union unemployment rate for 2017 was 7.61%, a 0.92% decline from 2016.
  • European Union unemployment rate for 2016 was 8.53%, a 0.85% decline from 2015.
  • European Union unemployment rate for 2015 was 9.38%, a 0.82% decline from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Euro Area 8.20%
Latin America & Caribbean 8.06%
European Union 6.82%
Sub-Saharan Africa 6.10%
OECD members 5.32%
World 4.95%
North America 4.15%
East Asia & Pacific 3.87%
South Asia 2.75%
European Union Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2018 6.82% -0.79%
2017 7.61% -0.92%
2016 8.53% -0.85%
2015 9.38% -0.82%
2014 10.21% -0.61%
2013 10.82% 0.40%
2012 10.42% 0.82%
2011 9.60% 0.09%
2010 9.51% 0.64%
2009 8.87% 1.92%
2008 6.96% -0.17%
2007 7.13% -1.03%
2006 8.16% -0.74%
2005 8.90% -0.30%
2004 9.20% 0.18%
2003 9.02% 0.06%
2002 8.96% 0.34%
2001 8.62% -0.66%
2000 9.28% -0.37%
1999 9.65% -0.26%
1998 9.91% -0.48%
1997 10.39% -0.33%
1996 10.71% -0.05%
1995 10.76% -0.48%
1994 11.24% 0.57%
1993 10.67% 1.44%
1992 9.23% 0.65%
1991 8.58% 0.65%