Jamaica Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Jamaica unemployment rate for 2019 was 8.00%, a 1.1% 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.
  • Jamaica unemployment rate for 2016 was 13.19%, a 0.32% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
South Africa 28.18%
St. Lucia 20.71%
Namibia 20.27%
Gabon 20.00%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 18.88%
Libya 18.56%
Bosnia 18.43%
Botswana 18.19%
North Macedonia 17.76%
Armenia 16.99%
Montenegro 14.88%
Jordan 14.72%
Turkey 13.49%
Iraq 12.82%
Serbia 12.69%
Albania 12.33%
Brazil 12.08%
Costa Rica 11.85%
Guyana 11.85%
Algeria 11.70%
Iran 11.38%
Colombia 9.71%
Venezuela 8.80%
Samoa 8.36%
Jamaica 8.00%
Suriname 7.33%
Mauritius 6.67%
Equatorial Guinea 6.43%
Belize 6.41%
Lebanon 6.23%
Maldives 6.14%
Dominican Republic 5.85%
Azerbaijan 5.51%
Paraguay 4.81%
Belarus 4.60%
Kazakhstan 4.59%
Russia 4.59%
Bulgaria 4.34%
China 4.32%
Fiji 4.10%
Romania 3.98%
Ecuador 3.97%
Turkmenistan 3.91%
Mexico 3.43%
Malaysia 3.32%
Peru 3.31%
Guatemala 2.46%
Cuba 1.64%
Tonga 1.12%
Thailand 0.75%
Jamaica Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 8.00% -1.10%
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% 1.00%
2009 11.36% 1.03%
2008 10.33% 0.59%
2007 9.75% -0.58%
2006 10.33% -0.94%
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%