South Asia Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2020 was 6.63%, a 1.59% increase from 2019.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2019 was 5.04%, a 0.07% decline from 2018.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2018 was 5.10%, a 0.05% decline from 2017.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2017 was 5.16%, a 0.07% decline from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Latin America & Caribbean 10.28%
North America 8.44%
Euro Area 8.20%
OECD members 7.38%
European Union 7.37%
Sub-Saharan Africa 6.63%
South Asia 6.63%
World 6.47%
East Asia & Pacific 4.34%
South Asia Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 6.63% 1.59%
2019 5.04% -0.07%
2018 5.10% -0.05%
2017 5.16% -0.07%
2016 5.22% -0.02%
2015 5.25% 0.15%
2014 5.09% -0.17%
2013 5.26% 0.18%
2012 5.09% 0.12%
2011 4.96% 0.03%
2010 4.93% -0.13%
2009 5.06% 0.28%
2008 4.79% -0.02%
2007 4.81% -0.09%
2006 4.90% -0.19%
2005 5.09% -0.07%
2004 5.16% -0.04%
2003 5.21% 0.02%
2002 5.19% 0.08%
2001 5.11% 0.01%
2000 5.09% -0.04%
1999 5.13% 0.04%
1998 5.09% -0.01%
1997 5.10% -0.01%
1996 5.11% -0.02%
1995 5.13% -0.01%
1994 5.14% 0.01%
1993 5.13% 0.10%
1992 5.03% 0.04%
1991 4.99% 0.04%