Japan Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Japan unemployment rate for 2020 was 2.97%, a 0.57% increase from 2019.
  • Japan unemployment rate for 2019 was 2.40%, a 0% increase from 2018.
  • Japan unemployment rate for 2018 was 2.40%, a 0.4% decline from 2017.
  • Japan unemployment rate for 2017 was 2.80%, a 0.3% 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%
Portugal 7.20%
Croatia 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%
Malta 4.09%
Bahrain 4.09%
Netherlands 4.09%
South Korea 4.07%
Poland 3.55%
Qatar 3.45%
Japan 2.97%
Czech Republic 2.94%
Macao 2.50%
Japan Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 2.97% 0.57%
2019 2.40% 0.00%
2018 2.40% -0.40%
2017 2.80% -0.30%
2016 3.10% -0.30%
2015 3.40% -0.20%
2014 3.60% -0.40%
2013 4.00% -0.30%
2012 4.30% -0.22%
2011 4.52% -0.58%
2010 5.10% 0.00%
2009 5.10% 1.10%
2008 4.00% 0.10%
2007 3.90% -0.20%
2006 4.10% -0.30%
2005 4.40% -0.30%
2004 4.70% -0.60%
2003 5.30% -0.10%
2002 5.40% 0.40%
2001 5.00% 0.30%
2000 4.70% 0.00%
1999 4.70% 0.60%
1998 4.10% 0.70%
1997 3.40% 0.00%
1996 3.40% 0.20%
1995 3.20% 0.30%
1994 2.90% 0.40%
1993 2.50% 0.30%
1992 2.20% 0.10%
1991 2.10% 0.10%