Sub-Saharan Africa Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

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 2020 was 6.63%, a 0.35% increase from 2019.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa unemployment rate for 2019 was 6.28%, a 0.04% increase from 2018.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa unemployment rate for 2018 was 6.23%, a 0.08% decline from 2017.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa unemployment rate for 2017 was 6.31%, a 0.14% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Latin America & Caribbean 10.28%
North America 8.44%
Euro Area 8.20%
OECD members 7.38%
European Union 7.37%
Sub-Saharan Africa 6.63%
South Asia 6.63%
World 6.47%
East Asia & Pacific 4.34%
Sub-Saharan Africa Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 6.63% 0.35%
2019 6.28% 0.04%
2018 6.23% -0.08%
2017 6.31% 0.14%
2016 6.17% 0.39%
2015 5.78% 0.01%
2014 5.78% 0.06%
2013 5.71% -0.12%
2012 5.84% -0.05%
2011 5.89% -0.09%
2010 5.98% 0.36%
2009 5.62% 0.19%
2008 5.43% -0.33%
2007 5.76% -0.24%
2006 6.00% -0.19%
2005 6.20% -0.13%
2004 6.33% -0.30%
2003 6.63% -0.10%
2002 6.73% 0.15%
2001 6.58% -0.01%
2000 6.59% -0.04%
1999 6.63% 0.10%
1998 6.53% -0.01%
1997 6.53% 0.01%
1996 6.53% 0.03%
1995 6.50% 0.00%
1994 6.50% 0.01%
1993 6.50% 0.10%
1992 6.40% 0.07%
1991 6.33% 0.07%