Namibia Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Namibia unemployment rate for 2020 was 20.35%, a 0.6% increase from 2019.
  • Namibia unemployment rate for 2019 was 19.75%, a 0.13% decline from 2018.
  • Namibia unemployment rate for 2018 was 19.88%, a 1.69% decline from 2017.
  • Namibia unemployment rate for 2017 was 21.57%, a 1.78% 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%
Namibia Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 20.35% 0.60%
2019 19.75% -0.13%
2018 19.88% -1.69%
2017 21.57% -1.78%
2016 23.35% 2.46%
2015 20.89% 2.37%
2014 18.52% -0.51%
2013 19.03% 2.26%
2012 16.77% -2.56%
2011 19.33% -2.77%
2010 22.10% 0.11%
2009 21.99% 0.51%
2008 21.48% -0.08%
2007 21.56% -0.20%
2006 21.76% -0.22%
2005 21.98% -0.11%
2004 22.09% 0.38%
2003 21.71% 0.46%
2002 21.25% 0.53%
2001 20.72% 0.42%
2000 20.30% -1.40%
1999 21.70% -1.32%
1998 23.02% -1.43%
1997 24.45% 1.74%
1996 22.71% 1.69%
1995 21.02% 1.62%
1994 19.40% 0.03%
1993 19.37% 0.15%
1992 19.22% 0.08%
1991 19.14% 0.08%