Sub-Saharan Africa Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa unemployment rate for 2021 was 7.66%, a 0.38% increase from 2020.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa unemployment rate for 2020 was 7.28%, a 0.67% increase from 2019.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa unemployment rate for 2019 was 6.61%, a 0.13% increase from 2018.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa unemployment rate for 2018 was 6.48%, a 0.02% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Latin America & Caribbean 9.96%
Euro Area 7.76%
Sub-Saharan Africa 7.66%
European Union 7.04%
OECD members 6.33%
World 6.18%
South Asia 5.79%
North America 5.70%
East Asia & Pacific 4.20%
Sub-Saharan Africa Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2021 7.66% 0.38%
2020 7.28% 0.67%
2019 6.61% 0.13%
2018 6.48% 0.02%
2017 6.47% 0.23%
2016 6.24% 0.42%
2015 5.82% 0.03%
2014 5.79% 0.08%
2013 5.71% -0.15%
2012 5.85% -0.07%
2011 5.93% -0.08%
2010 6.00% 0.33%
2009 5.67% 0.03%
2008 5.65% -0.30%
2007 5.95% -0.17%
2006 6.12% -0.11%
2005 6.22% -0.12%
2004 6.35% -0.30%
2003 6.65% -0.12%
2002 6.77% 0.11%
2001 6.65% -0.01%
2000 6.67% -0.02%
1999 6.69% 0.06%
1998 6.62% -0.01%
1997 6.63% 0.02%
1996 6.60% 0.02%
1995 6.58% -0.01%
1994 6.59% -0.01%
1993 6.60% 0.01%
1992 6.58% 0.07%
1991 6.51% 0.07%