Saudi Arabia Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Saudi Arabia unemployment rate for 2020 was 8.22%, a 2.09% increase from 2019.
  • Saudi Arabia unemployment rate for 2019 was 6.13%, a 0.09% increase 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.
Data Source: World Bank

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United States 8.31%
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Latvia 8.19%
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Finland 7.83%
Guam 7.51%
Cyprus 7.21%
Croatia 7.20%
Portugal 7.20%
Luxembourg 6.96%
Kuwait 6.79%
Slovak Republic 6.79%
Trinidad and Tobago 6.74%
Australia 6.61%
Estonia 6.46%
Belgium 6.01%
Ireland 5.92%
Hong Kong 5.80%
Austria 5.77%
Denmark 5.66%
Singapore 5.19%
Slovenia 5.17%
Iceland 5.01%
UAE 5.00%
Oman 4.97%
Switzerland 4.94%
Norway 4.62%
Israel 4.61%
New Zealand 4.55%
Hungary 4.35%
United Kingdom 4.34%
Germany 4.31%
Netherlands 4.09%
Malta 4.09%
Bahrain 4.09%
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Czech Republic 2.94%
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Saudi Arabia Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 8.22% 2.09%
2019 6.13% 0.09%
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% -0.38%
1998 4.73% -0.37%
1997 5.10% -0.38%
1996 5.48% -0.38%
1995 5.86% -0.39%
1994 6.25% -0.42%
1993 6.67% -0.53%
1992 7.20% -0.01%
1991 7.21% -0.01%