Ireland Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Ireland unemployment rate for 2019 was 4.93%, a 0.81% 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.
  • Ireland unemployment rate for 2016 was 8.37%, a 1.53% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Greece 17.24%
Spain 13.96%
New Caledonia 12.80%
French Polynesia 12.10%
Bahamas 10.36%
Barbados 10.33%
Italy 9.89%
Argentina 9.79%
Brunei 9.12%
Uruguay 8.73%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 8.66%
France 8.43%
Puerto Rico 8.19%
Channel Islands 7.49%
Cyprus 7.27%
Chile 7.09%
Croatia 6.94%
Finland 6.60%
Latvia 6.52%
Sweden 6.48%
Lithuania 6.35%
Portugal 6.33%
Saudi Arabia 5.93%
Belgium 5.59%
Canada 5.56%
Slovak Republic 5.56%
Luxembourg 5.36%
Guam 5.31%
Australia 5.27%
Estonia 5.12%
Ireland 4.93%
Denmark 4.91%
Austria 4.67%
Switzerland 4.58%
Slovenia 4.20%
South Korea 4.15%
Singapore 4.11%
New Zealand 4.07%
Panama 3.90%
Israel 3.86%
United Kingdom 3.85%
United States 3.68%
Hong Kong 3.63%
Poland 3.47%
Malta 3.47%
Hungary 3.40%
Norway 3.35%
Netherlands 3.20%
Germany 3.04%
Iceland 2.84%
Trinidad and Tobago 2.69%
Oman 2.67%
UAE 2.35%
Japan 2.29%
Macao 2.24%
Kuwait 2.18%
Czech Republic 1.93%
Bahrain 0.71%
Qatar 0.09%
Ireland Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 4.93% -0.81%
2018 5.74% -0.97%
2017 6.71% -1.66%
2016 8.37% -1.53%
2015 9.91% -1.95%
2014 11.86% -1.88%
2013 13.74% -1.72%
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% 0.57%
2006 4.42% 0.07%
2005 4.34% -0.15%
2004 4.49% 0.01%
2003 4.48% 0.26%
2002 4.22% 0.53%
2001 3.68% -0.64%
2000 4.32% -1.49%
1999 5.80% -1.90%
1998 7.70% -2.50%
1997 10.20% -1.51%
1996 11.72% -0.27%
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%