New Zealand Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • New Zealand unemployment rate for 2020 was 4.55%, a 0.48% increase from 2019.
  • 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 0.38% decline from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Greece 16.85%
New Caledonia 16.52%
Spain 15.67%
Bahamas 14.41%
French Polynesia 13.81%
Barbados 12.79%
Uruguay 12.67%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 11.84%
Argentina 11.67%
Chile 11.51%
Puerto Rico 11.17%
Panama 10.23%
Canada 9.48%
Italy 9.31%
France 8.62%
Sweden 8.45%
Lithuania 8.43%
Brunei 8.37%
United States 8.31%
Saudi Arabia 8.22%
Latvia 8.19%
Channel Islands 8.16%
Finland 7.83%
Guam 7.51%
Cyprus 7.21%
Croatia 7.20%
Portugal 7.20%
Luxembourg 6.96%
Slovak Republic 6.79%
Kuwait 6.79%
Trinidad and Tobago 6.74%
Australia 6.61%
Estonia 6.46%
Belgium 6.01%
Ireland 5.92%
Hong Kong 5.80%
Austria 5.77%
Denmark 5.66%
Singapore 5.19%
Slovenia 5.17%
Iceland 5.01%
UAE 5.00%
Oman 4.97%
Switzerland 4.94%
Norway 4.62%
Israel 4.61%
New Zealand 4.55%
Hungary 4.35%
United Kingdom 4.34%
Germany 4.31%
Bahrain 4.09%
Netherlands 4.09%
Malta 4.09%
South Korea 4.07%
Poland 3.55%
Qatar 3.45%
Japan 2.97%
Czech Republic 2.94%
Macao 2.50%
New Zealand Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 4.55% 0.48%
2019 4.07% -0.23%
2018 4.30% -0.40%
2017 4.70% -0.38%
2016 5.08% -0.27%
2015 5.35% -0.02%
2014 5.37% -0.40%
2013 5.77% -1.16%
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% -0.74%
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% -0.87%
1992 10.67% 0.06%
1991 10.61% 0.06%