North Korea Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2019 was 2.74%, a 0.03% increase from 2018.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2018 was 2.71%, a 0.07% decline from 2017.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2017 was 2.78%, a 0.07% decline from 2016.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2016 was 2.85%, a 0.04% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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North Korea Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 2.74% 0.03%
2018 2.71% -0.07%
2017 2.78% -0.07%
2016 2.85% -0.04%
2015 2.89% -0.03%
2014 2.92% -0.05%
2013 2.97% 0.01%
2012 2.95% 0.01%
2011 2.94% 0.00%
2010 2.94% 0.05%
2009 2.89% 0.21%
2008 2.68% -0.03%
2007 2.71% -0.09%
2006 2.81% -0.11%
2005 2.92% -0.05%
2004 2.97% -0.04%
2003 3.01% 0.00%
2002 3.01% 0.04%
2001 2.96% 0.00%
2000 2.97% -0.02%
1999 2.99% 0.04%
1998 2.94% 0.00%
1997 2.95% -0.01%
1996 2.96% 0.01%
1995 2.95% 0.00%
1994 2.95% 0.02%
1993 2.93% 0.08%
1992 2.85% 0.04%
1991 2.81% 0.04%