U.S. Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • U.S. unemployment rate for 2019 was 3.68%, a 0.21% decline from 2018.
  • U.S. unemployment rate for 2018 was 3.90%, a 0.46% decline from 2017.
  • U.S. unemployment rate for 2017 was 4.36%, a 0.51% decline from 2016.
  • U.S. unemployment rate for 2016 was 4.87%, a 0.41% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Greece 17.24%
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%
U.S. Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 3.68% -0.21%
2018 3.90% -0.46%
2017 4.36% -0.51%
2016 4.87% -0.41%
2015 5.28% -0.89%
2014 6.17% -1.21%
2013 7.38% -0.69%
2012 8.07% -0.88%
2011 8.95% -0.68%
2010 9.63% 0.38%
2009 9.25% 3.47%
2008 5.78% 1.16%
2007 4.62% 0.00%
2006 4.62% -0.46%
2005 5.08% -0.45%
2004 5.53% -0.46%
2003 5.99% 0.21%
2002 5.78% 1.05%
2001 4.73% 0.74%
2000 3.99% -0.23%
1999 4.22% -0.29%
1998 4.51% -0.49%
1997 5.00% -0.45%
1996 5.45% -0.20%
1995 5.65% -0.47%
1994 6.12% -0.78%
1993 6.90% -0.60%
1992 7.50% 0.70%
1991 6.80% 0.70%