North America Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • North America unemployment rate for 2020 was 8.44%, a 4.55% increase from 2019.
  • North America unemployment rate for 2019 was 3.89%, a 0.22% decline from 2018.
  • North America unemployment rate for 2018 was 4.11%, a 0.47% decline from 2017.
  • North America unemployment rate for 2017 was 4.58%, a 0.53% decline from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Latin America & Caribbean 10.28%
North America 8.44%
Euro Area 8.20%
OECD members 7.38%
European Union 7.37%
Sub-Saharan Africa 6.63%
South Asia 6.63%
World 6.47%
East Asia & Pacific 4.34%
North America Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 8.44% 4.55%
2019 3.89% -0.22%
2018 4.11% -0.47%
2017 4.58% -0.53%
2016 5.10% -0.36%
2015 5.46% -0.79%
2014 6.25% -1.10%
2013 7.35% -0.64%
2012 7.99% -0.81%
2011 8.79% -0.67%
2010 9.46% 0.31%
2009 9.15% 3.34%
2008 5.82% 1.05%
2007 4.77% -0.03%
2006 4.80% -0.46%
2005 5.26% -0.45%
2004 5.70% -0.45%
2003 6.15% 0.18%
2002 5.97% 0.99%
2001 4.98% 0.71%
2000 4.27% -0.28%
1999 4.55% -0.33%
1998 4.88% -0.52%
1997 5.40% -0.46%
1996 5.86% -0.17%
1995 6.03% -0.52%
1994 6.55% -0.80%
1993 7.35% -0.52%
1992 7.87% 0.71%
1991 7.16% 0.71%