Saudi Arabia Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Saudi Arabia unemployment rate for 2019 was 5.93%, a 0.11% decline from 2018.
  • Saudi Arabia unemployment rate for 2018 was 6.04%, a 0.15% increase from 2017.
  • Saudi Arabia unemployment rate for 2017 was 5.89%, a 0.24% increase from 2016.
  • Saudi Arabia unemployment rate for 2016 was 5.65%, a 0.06% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Spain 13.96%
New Caledonia 12.80%
French Polynesia 12.10%
Bahamas 10.36%
Barbados 10.33%
Italy 9.89%
Argentina 9.79%
Brunei 9.12%
Uruguay 8.73%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 8.66%
France 8.43%
Puerto Rico 8.19%
Channel Islands 7.49%
Cyprus 7.27%
Chile 7.09%
Croatia 6.94%
Finland 6.60%
Latvia 6.52%
Sweden 6.48%
Lithuania 6.35%
Portugal 6.33%
Saudi Arabia 5.93%
Belgium 5.59%
Canada 5.56%
Slovak Republic 5.56%
Luxembourg 5.36%
Guam 5.31%
Australia 5.27%
Estonia 5.12%
Ireland 4.93%
Denmark 4.91%
Austria 4.67%
Switzerland 4.58%
Slovenia 4.20%
South Korea 4.15%
Singapore 4.11%
New Zealand 4.07%
Panama 3.90%
Israel 3.86%
United Kingdom 3.85%
United States 3.68%
Hong Kong 3.63%
Poland 3.47%
Malta 3.47%
Hungary 3.40%
Norway 3.35%
Netherlands 3.20%
Germany 3.04%
Iceland 2.84%
Trinidad and Tobago 2.69%
Oman 2.67%
UAE 2.35%
Japan 2.29%
Macao 2.24%
Kuwait 2.18%
Czech Republic 1.93%
Bahrain 0.71%
Qatar 0.09%
Saudi Arabia Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 5.93% -0.11%
2018 6.04% 0.15%
2017 5.89% 0.24%
2016 5.65% 0.06%
2015 5.59% -0.13%
2014 5.72% 0.15%
2013 5.57% 0.05%
2012 5.52% -0.25%
2011 5.77% 0.22%
2010 5.55% 0.17%
2009 5.38% 0.30%
2008 5.08% -0.65%
2007 5.73% -0.52%
2006 6.25% 0.20%
2005 6.05% 0.23%
2004 5.82% 0.26%
2003 5.56% 0.29%
2002 5.27% 0.65%
2001 4.62% 0.05%
2000 4.57% 0.22%
1999 4.35% -0.35%
1998 4.70% -0.65%
1997 5.35% -0.55%
1996 5.90% -0.50%
1995 6.39% -0.57%
1994 6.96% -0.06%
1993 7.02% -0.18%
1992 7.20% -0.10%
1991 7.30% -0.10%