Puerto Rico Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Puerto Rico unemployment rate for 2020 was 11.17%, a 2.87% increase from 2019.
  • Puerto Rico unemployment rate for 2019 was 8.30%, a 0.9% decline from 2018.
  • Puerto Rico unemployment rate for 2018 was 9.20%, a 1.6% decline from 2017.
  • Puerto Rico unemployment rate for 2017 was 10.80%, a 1% 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%
Kuwait 6.79%
Slovak Republic 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%
Netherlands 4.09%
Malta 4.09%
Bahrain 4.09%
South Korea 4.07%
Poland 3.55%
Qatar 3.45%
Japan 2.97%
Czech Republic 2.94%
Macao 2.50%
Puerto Rico Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 11.17% 2.87%
2019 8.30% -0.90%
2018 9.20% -1.60%
2017 10.80% -1.00%
2016 11.80% -0.20%
2015 12.00% -1.90%
2014 13.90% -0.40%
2013 14.30% -0.20%
2012 14.50% -1.20%
2011 15.70% -0.40%
2010 16.10% 1.10%
2009 15.00% 3.52%
2008 11.48% 0.55%
2007 10.93% -0.08%
2006 11.01% -0.34%
2005 11.35% 1.04%
2004 10.31% -1.47%
2003 11.78% -0.16%
2002 11.94% 0.54%
2001 11.40% 1.32%
2000 10.08% -1.73%
1999 11.81% -1.65%
1998 13.46% -0.34%
1997 13.80% 0.16%
1996 13.64% -0.29%
1995 13.93% -0.67%
1994 14.60% -2.31%
1993 16.91% -0.02%
1992 16.93% 0.75%
1991 16.18% 0.75%