Ireland Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Ireland unemployment rate for 2020 was 5.92%, a 0.97% increase from 2019.
  • Ireland unemployment rate for 2019 was 4.95%, a 0.79% decline from 2018.
  • Ireland unemployment rate for 2018 was 5.74%, a 0.97% decline from 2017.
  • Ireland unemployment rate for 2017 was 6.71%, a 1.66% 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%
Croatia 7.20%
Portugal 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%
Bahrain 4.09%
Netherlands 4.09%
Malta 4.09%
South Korea 4.07%
Poland 3.55%
Qatar 3.45%
Japan 2.97%
Czech Republic 2.94%
Macao 2.50%
Ireland Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 5.92% 0.97%
2019 4.95% -0.79%
2018 5.74% -0.97%
2017 6.71% -1.66%
2016 8.37% -1.54%
2015 9.91% -1.95%
2014 11.86% -1.88%
2013 13.74% -1.71%
2012 15.45% 0.10%
2011 15.35% 0.82%
2010 14.53% 1.92%
2009 12.61% 5.84%
2008 6.77% 1.79%
2007 4.98% 0.56%
2006 4.42% 0.08%
2005 4.34% -0.15%
2004 4.49% 0.01%
2003 4.48% 0.26%
2002 4.22% 0.54%
2001 3.68% -0.64%
2000 4.32% -1.48%
1999 5.80% -1.90%
1998 7.70% -2.50%
1997 10.20% -1.52%
1996 11.72% -0.26%
1995 11.98% -2.59%
1994 14.57% -1.02%
1993 15.59% 0.56%
1992 15.03% -0.75%
1991 15.78% -0.75%