South Asia Unemployment Rate 1991-2024

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2022 was 6.98%, a 0.32% decline from 2021.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2021 was 7.30%, a 1.96% decline from 2020.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2020 was 9.25%, a 3.06% increase from 2019.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2019 was 6.20%, a 0.75% decline from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Latin America & Caribbean 7.02%
South Asia 6.98%
Sub-Saharan Africa 6.75%
Euro Area 6.72%
European Union 6.09%
World 5.77%
OECD members 4.93%
East Asia & Pacific 4.09%
North America 3.79%
South Asia Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2022 6.98% -0.32%
2021 7.30% -1.96%
2020 9.25% 3.06%
2019 6.20% -0.75%
2018 6.95% -0.05%
2017 7.00% -0.06%
2016 7.06% -0.03%
2015 7.10% 0.13%
2014 6.97% -0.17%
2013 7.14% 0.09%
2012 7.05% 0.07%
2011 6.98% -0.09%
2010 7.07% -0.22%
2009 7.29% 0.08%
2008 7.21% -0.11%
2007 7.32% -0.05%
2006 7.36% -0.14%
2005 7.50% 0.11%
2004 7.39% 0.12%
2003 7.27% 0.22%
2002 7.05% 0.14%
2001 6.91% 0.16%
2000 6.75% 0.04%
1999 6.71% 0.18%
1998 6.52% 0.16%
1997 6.36% 0.07%
1996 6.29% 0.11%
1995 6.18% 0.14%
1994 6.04% 0.02%
1993 6.02% -0.01%
1992 6.04% 0.06%
1991 5.98% 0.06%