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 2018 was 9.45%, a 2.21% decline from 2017.
  • Jamaica unemployment rate for 2017 was 11.66%, a 1.53% decline from 2016.
  • Jamaica unemployment rate for 2016 was 13.19%, a 0.32% decline from 2015.
  • Jamaica unemployment rate for 2015 was 13.51%, a 0.23% decline from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
South Africa 26.96%
Namibia 23.10%
North Macedonia 21.55%
St. Lucia 20.87%
Bosnia 20.84%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 19.76%
Gabon 19.49%
Botswana 17.94%
Armenia 17.71%
Libya 17.29%
Montenegro 15.46%
Jordan 15.03%
Albania 13.90%
Serbia 13.51%
Brazil 12.54%
Guyana 12.15%
Algeria 12.15%
Iran 12.00%
Turkey 10.90%
Jamaica 9.45%
Belize 9.37%
Equatorial Guinea 9.16%
Colombia 9.09%
Venezuela 8.37%
Samoa 8.33%
Costa Rica 8.13%
Iraq 7.93%
Suriname 7.63%
Mauritius 6.87%
Lebanon 6.17%
Maldives 6.08%
Dominican Republic 5.83%
Belarus 5.71%
Bulgaria 5.26%
Azerbaijan 5.22%
Kazakhstan 4.89%
Russia 4.74%
Paraguay 4.71%
China 4.42%
Romania 4.30%
Fiji 4.15%
Ecuador 3.91%
Turkmenistan 3.78%
Malaysia 3.36%
Mexico 3.32%
Peru 2.84%
Guatemala 2.73%
Cuba 2.26%
Tonga 1.03%
Thailand 0.67%
Jamaica Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2018 9.45% -2.21%
2017 11.66% -1.53%
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% 0.92%
1992 15.40% -0.34%
1991 15.74% -0.34%