South Asia Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2021 was 5.79%, a 1.45% decline from 2020.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2020 was 7.24%, a 2.22% increase from 2019.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2019 was 5.02%, a 0.1% decline from 2018.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2018 was 5.12%, a 0% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Latin America & Caribbean 9.96%
Euro Area 7.76%
Sub-Saharan Africa 7.66%
European Union 7.04%
OECD members 6.33%
World 6.18%
South Asia 5.79%
North America 5.70%
East Asia & Pacific 4.20%
South Asia Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2021 5.79% -1.45%
2020 7.24% 2.22%
2019 5.02% -0.10%
2018 5.12% 0.00%
2017 5.12% -0.03%
2016 5.15% 0.00%
2015 5.14% 0.18%
2014 4.97% -0.10%
2013 5.07% 0.15%
2012 4.91% 0.12%
2011 4.79% -0.05%
2010 4.84% -0.16%
2009 5.01% 0.15%
2008 4.85% -0.10%
2007 4.96% 0.00%
2006 4.96% -0.10%
2005 5.06% -0.02%
2004 5.08% -0.02%
2003 5.10% 0.12%
2002 4.98% 0.00%
2001 4.97% 0.04%
2000 4.93% -0.14%
1999 5.07% 0.06%
1998 5.02% 0.04%
1997 4.98% -0.11%
1996 5.09% -0.03%
1995 5.13% 0.01%
1994 5.12% 0.03%
1993 5.08% -0.04%
1992 5.12% 0.10%
1991 5.02% 0.10%