South Asia Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2019 was 5.11%, a 0.05% increase from 2018.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2018 was 5.06%, a 0.07% decline from 2017.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2017 was 5.13%, a 0.06% decline from 2016.
  • South Asia unemployment rate for 2016 was 5.18%, a 0.03% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Latin America & Caribbean 8.07%
Euro Area 7.50%
European Union 6.67%
Sub-Saharan Africa 6.19%
World 5.40%
OECD members 5.36%
South Asia 5.11%
North America 3.89%
East Asia & Pacific 3.83%
South Asia Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 5.11% 0.05%
2018 5.06% -0.07%
2017 5.13% -0.06%
2016 5.18% -0.03%
2015 5.21% 0.14%
2014 5.07% -0.17%
2013 5.23% 0.18%
2012 5.06% 0.12%
2011 4.94% 0.03%
2010 4.91% -0.11%
2009 5.02% 0.30%
2008 4.72% -0.02%
2007 4.74% -0.11%
2006 4.85% -0.21%
2005 5.05% -0.07%
2004 5.12% -0.05%
2003 5.17% 0.03%
2002 5.15% 0.10%
2001 5.05% 0.03%
2000 5.02% -0.03%
1999 5.05% 0.05%
1998 5.00% -0.01%
1997 5.02% -0.02%
1996 5.04% -0.01%
1995 5.04% 0.00%
1994 5.04% 0.00%
1993 5.04% 0.09%
1992 4.95% 0.04%
1991 4.91% 0.04%