Nigeria Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Nigeria unemployment rate for 2020 was 9.01%, a 0.48% increase from 2019.
  • Nigeria unemployment rate for 2019 was 8.53%, a 0.08% increase from 2018.
  • Nigeria unemployment rate for 2018 was 8.45%, a 0.06% increase from 2017.
  • Nigeria unemployment rate for 2017 was 8.39%, a 1.33% increase 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%
Nigeria Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 9.01% 0.48%
2019 8.53% 0.08%
2018 8.45% 0.06%
2017 8.39% 1.33%
2016 7.06% 2.75%
2015 4.31% -0.25%
2014 4.56% 0.86%
2013 3.70% -0.04%
2012 3.74% -0.03%
2011 3.77% 0.00%
2010 3.77% 0.02%
2009 3.75% 0.16%
2008 3.59% -0.03%
2007 3.62% -0.07%
2006 3.69% -0.08%
2005 3.77% -0.04%
2004 3.81% -0.03%
2003 3.84% -0.01%
2002 3.85% 0.03%
2001 3.82% -0.01%
2000 3.83% -0.02%
1999 3.85% 0.02%
1998 3.83% 0.00%
1997 3.83% 0.00%
1996 3.83% 0.00%
1995 3.83% 0.00%
1994 3.83% 0.02%
1993 3.81% 0.06%
1992 3.75% 0.04%
1991 3.71% 0.04%