Malaysia Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Malaysia unemployment rate for 2020 was 4.55%, a 1.24% increase from 2019.
  • Malaysia unemployment rate for 2019 was 3.31%, a 0.01% increase from 2018.
  • Malaysia unemployment rate for 2018 was 3.30%, a 0.11% decline from 2017.
  • Malaysia unemployment rate for 2017 was 3.41%, a 0.03% decline from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
South Africa 28.74%
Gabon 20.47%
Namibia 20.35%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 20.27%
Armenia 20.21%
Libya 19.39%
Jordan 18.50%
North Macedonia 18.40%
Botswana 17.70%
St. Lucia 17.13%
Costa Rica 17.08%
Bosnia 16.85%
Montenegro 15.86%
Guyana 15.82%
Colombia 15.44%
Turkey 13.92%
Iraq 13.74%
Brazil 13.67%
Algeria 12.83%
Albania 11.70%
Iran 10.96%
Equatorial Guinea 9.15%
Venezuela 9.14%
Serbia 9.08%
Dominican Republic 8.90%
Samoa 8.87%
Suriname 8.65%
Jamaica 8.40%
Belize 7.82%
Paraguay 7.61%
Maldives 7.18%
Mauritius 7.11%
Lebanon 6.61%
Azerbaijan 6.27%
Peru 6.24%
Ecuador 6.23%
Kazakhstan 6.05%
Russia 5.73%
Bulgaria 5.71%
Belarus 5.28%
China 5.00%
Romania 4.84%
Fiji 4.79%
Mexico 4.71%
Guatemala 4.65%
Malaysia 4.55%
Turkmenistan 4.38%
Tonga 4.37%
Cuba 3.87%
Thailand 1.02%
Malaysia Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 4.55% 1.24%
2019 3.31% 0.01%
2018 3.30% -0.11%
2017 3.41% -0.03%
2016 3.44% 0.34%
2015 3.10% 0.22%
2014 2.88% -0.23%
2013 3.11% 0.07%
2012 3.04% -0.01%
2011 3.05% -0.20%
2010 3.25% -0.44%
2009 3.69% 0.35%
2008 3.34% 0.11%
2007 3.23% -0.09%
2006 3.32% -0.21%
2005 3.53% -0.01%
2004 3.54% -0.07%
2003 3.61% 0.13%
2002 3.48% -0.05%
2001 3.53% 0.53%
2000 3.00% -0.43%
1999 3.43% 0.23%
1998 3.20% 0.75%
1997 2.45% -0.07%
1996 2.52% -0.63%
1995 3.15% -0.48%
1994 3.63% -0.48%
1993 4.11% 0.40%
1992 3.71% 0.05%
1991 3.66% 0.05%