Jamaica Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Jamaica unemployment rate for 2020 was 8.40%, a 0.68% increase from 2019.
  • Jamaica unemployment rate for 2019 was 7.72%, a 1.38% decline from 2018.
  • Jamaica unemployment rate for 2018 was 9.10%, a 2.53% decline from 2017.
  • Jamaica unemployment rate for 2017 was 11.63%, a 1.56% 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%
Jamaica Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 8.40% 0.68%
2019 7.72% -1.38%
2018 9.10% -2.53%
2017 11.63% -1.56%
2016 13.19% -0.32%
2015 13.51% -0.23%
2014 13.74% -1.51%
2013 15.25% 1.32%
2012 13.93% 1.23%
2011 12.70% 0.33%
2010 12.37% 1.01%
2009 11.36% 1.03%
2008 10.33% 0.58%
2007 9.75% -0.58%
2006 10.33% -0.93%
2005 11.26% -0.18%
2004 11.44% -0.30%
2003 11.74% -2.45%
2002 14.19% -0.74%
2001 14.93% -0.61%
2000 15.54% -0.20%
1999 15.74% 0.24%
1998 15.50% -0.85%
1997 16.35% 0.34%
1996 16.01% -0.22%
1995 16.23% 0.89%
1994 15.34% -0.98%
1993 16.32% 0.57%
1992 15.75% 0.01%
1991 15.74% 0.01%