Japan Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Japan unemployment rate for 2018 was 2.45%, a 0.36% decline from 2017.
  • Japan unemployment rate for 2017 was 2.80%, a 0.3% decline from 2016.
  • Japan unemployment rate for 2016 was 3.10%, a 0.3% decline from 2015.
  • Japan unemployment rate for 2015 was 3.40%, a 0.2% decline from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Greece 19.21%
Spain 15.49%
New Caledonia 13.62%
French Polynesia 12.02%
Bahamas 11.85%
Puerto Rico 11.44%
Italy 10.21%
Barbados 9.57%
Argentina 9.48%
Brunei 9.22%
France 9.18%
Croatia 8.85%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 8.41%
Cyprus 8.11%
Uruguay 7.96%
Latvia 7.86%
Finland 7.76%
Channel Islands 7.29%
Chile 7.22%
Portugal 6.86%
Slovak Republic 6.76%
Sweden 6.44%
Belgium 6.32%
Lithuania 6.01%
Canada 5.92%
Saudi Arabia 5.92%
Ireland 5.69%
Guam 5.61%
Slovenia 5.51%
Estonia 5.51%
Luxembourg 5.47%
Australia 5.39%
Denmark 4.98%
Switzerland 4.88%
Austria 4.79%
Malta 4.58%
New Zealand 4.52%
United Kingdom 3.95%
Israel 3.95%
United States 3.93%
Panama 3.92%
Norway 3.92%
Netherlands 3.88%
South Korea 3.80%
Singapore 3.77%
Poland 3.67%
Hungary 3.66%
Germany 3.43%
Oman 3.11%
Iceland 2.92%
Trinidad and Tobago 2.83%
Hong Kong 2.78%
UAE 2.58%
Japan 2.45%
Czech Republic 2.40%
Kuwait 2.08%
Macao 2.02%
Bahrain 0.96%
Qatar 0.14%
Japan Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2018 2.45% -0.36%
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%