Kenya Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Kenya unemployment rate for 2020 was 2.98%, a 0.38% increase from 2019.
  • Kenya unemployment rate for 2019 was 2.60%, a 0.04% decline from 2018.
  • Kenya unemployment rate for 2018 was 2.64%, a 0.05% decline from 2017.
  • Kenya unemployment rate for 2017 was 2.69%, a 0.07% decline from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
West Bank and Gaza 27.35%
Lesotho 24.65%
Eswatini 23.40%
Sudan 17.71%
Tunisia 16.69%
Sao Tome and Principe 13.86%
Cabo Verde 13.41%
Zambia 12.17%
Georgia 12.05%
Djibouti 11.57%
Mauritania 10.66%
Egypt 10.45%
Congo, Rep. 10.27%
Morocco 10.15%
Ukraine 9.48%
Honduras 9.39%
Nigeria 9.01%
Kyrgyz Republic 7.89%
Angola 7.70%
India 7.11%
El Salvador 6.98%
Uzbekistan 5.97%
Nicaragua 5.82%
Bolivia 5.61%
Bangladesh 5.30%
Timor-Leste 5.06%
Sri Lanka 4.84%
Moldova 4.71%
Pakistan 4.65%
Ghana 4.53%
Mongolia 4.33%
Indonesia 4.11%
Bhutan 3.74%
Cameroon 3.62%
Philippines 3.36%
Kenya 2.98%
Papua New Guinea 2.74%
Vietnam 2.27%
Vanuatu 1.95%
Myanmar 1.79%
Lao PDR 0.95%
Solomon Islands 0.79%
Cambodia 0.31%
Kenya Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 2.98% 0.38%
2019 2.60% -0.04%
2018 2.64% -0.05%
2017 2.69% -0.07%
2016 2.76% -0.04%
2015 2.80% -0.02%
2014 2.82% -0.05%
2013 2.87% 0.01%
2012 2.86% 0.00%
2011 2.86% 0.00%
2010 2.86% 0.03%
2009 2.83% 0.17%
2008 2.66% -0.03%
2007 2.69% -0.08%
2006 2.77% -0.09%
2005 2.86% -0.05%
2004 2.91% -0.03%
2003 2.94% 0.00%
2002 2.94% 0.03%
2001 2.91% -0.02%
2000 2.93% -0.02%
1999 2.95% 0.03%
1998 2.92% 0.00%
1997 2.92% -0.01%
1996 2.93% 0.01%
1995 2.92% -0.01%
1994 2.93% 0.03%
1993 2.90% 0.07%
1992 2.83% 0.04%
1991 2.79% 0.04%