New Zealand Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • New Zealand unemployment rate for 2019 was 4.07%, a 0.23% decline from 2018.
  • New Zealand unemployment rate for 2018 was 4.30%, a 0.4% decline from 2017.
  • New Zealand unemployment rate for 2017 was 4.70%, a 0.4% decline from 2016.
  • New Zealand unemployment rate for 2016 was 5.10%, a 0.27% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Greece 17.24%
Spain 13.96%
New Caledonia 12.80%
French Polynesia 12.10%
Bahamas 10.36%
Barbados 10.33%
Italy 9.89%
Argentina 9.79%
Brunei 9.12%
Uruguay 8.73%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 8.66%
France 8.43%
Puerto Rico 8.19%
Channel Islands 7.49%
Cyprus 7.27%
Chile 7.09%
Croatia 6.94%
Finland 6.60%
Latvia 6.52%
Sweden 6.48%
Lithuania 6.35%
Portugal 6.33%
Saudi Arabia 5.93%
Belgium 5.59%
Canada 5.56%
Slovak Republic 5.56%
Luxembourg 5.36%
Guam 5.31%
Australia 5.27%
Estonia 5.12%
Ireland 4.93%
Denmark 4.91%
Austria 4.67%
Switzerland 4.58%
Slovenia 4.20%
South Korea 4.15%
Singapore 4.11%
New Zealand 4.07%
Panama 3.90%
Israel 3.86%
United Kingdom 3.85%
United States 3.68%
Hong Kong 3.63%
Poland 3.47%
Malta 3.47%
Hungary 3.40%
Norway 3.35%
Netherlands 3.20%
Germany 3.04%
Iceland 2.84%
Trinidad and Tobago 2.69%
Oman 2.67%
UAE 2.35%
Japan 2.29%
Macao 2.24%
Kuwait 2.18%
Czech Republic 1.93%
Bahrain 0.71%
Qatar 0.09%
New Zealand Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 4.07% -0.23%
2018 4.30% -0.40%
2017 4.70% -0.40%
2016 5.10% -0.27%
2015 5.37% -0.39%
2014 5.75% -0.51%
2013 6.27% -0.67%
2012 6.93% 0.44%
2011 6.49% -0.07%
2010 6.56% 0.44%
2009 6.12% 1.95%
2008 4.17% 0.51%
2007 3.66% -0.20%
2006 3.86% 0.05%
2005 3.81% -0.20%
2004 4.01% -0.75%
2003 4.75% -0.53%
2002 5.28% -0.15%
2001 5.43% -0.70%
2000 6.13% -0.89%
1999 7.02% -0.70%
1998 7.72% 0.86%
1997 6.86% 0.57%
1996 6.29% -0.17%
1995 6.46% -1.89%
1994 8.35% -1.45%
1993 9.80% -0.86%
1992 10.67% 0.05%
1991 10.61% 0.05%