Sub-Saharan Africa Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

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 2019 was 6.19%, a 0.03% increase from 2018.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa unemployment rate for 2018 was 6.16%, a 0.12% decline from 2017.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa unemployment rate for 2017 was 6.28%, a 0.14% increase from 2016.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa unemployment rate for 2016 was 6.14%, a 0.39% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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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%
Sub-Saharan Africa Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 6.19% 0.03%
2018 6.16% -0.12%
2017 6.28% 0.14%
2016 6.14% 0.39%
2015 5.75% 0.01%
2014 5.74% 0.06%
2013 5.68% -0.09%
2012 5.78% -0.08%
2011 5.85% -0.09%
2010 5.95% 0.37%
2009 5.57% 0.21%
2008 5.37% -0.34%
2007 5.71% -0.26%
2006 5.96% -0.21%
2005 6.17% -0.13%
2004 6.30% -0.31%
2003 6.61% -0.09%
2002 6.71% 0.16%
2001 6.55% -0.01%
2000 6.56% -0.04%
1999 6.59% 0.11%
1998 6.48% -0.02%
1997 6.50% 0.00%
1996 6.50% 0.04%
1995 6.46% 0.01%
1994 6.45% 0.00%
1993 6.45% 0.11%
1992 6.35% 0.06%
1991 6.29% 0.06%