Puerto Rico Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Puerto Rico unemployment rate for 2019 was 8.19%, a 1.01% 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.
  • Puerto Rico unemployment rate for 2016 was 11.80%, a 0.2% 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%
Puerto Rico Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 8.19% -1.01%
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%