World Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • World unemployment rate for 2020 was 6.47%, a 1.1% increase from 2019.
  • World unemployment rate for 2019 was 5.37%, a 0% increase from 2018.
  • World unemployment rate for 2018 was 5.37%, a 0.18% decline from 2017.
  • World unemployment rate for 2017 was 5.55%, a 0.11% decline 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%
World Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 6.47% 1.10%
2019 5.37% 0.00%
2018 5.37% -0.18%
2017 5.55% -0.11%
2016 5.66% 0.03%
2015 5.63% 0.00%
2014 5.63% -0.14%
2013 5.77% -0.01%
2012 5.78% 0.00%
2011 5.78% -0.14%
2010 5.92% -0.09%
2009 6.01% 0.63%
2008 5.38% 0.01%
2007 5.36% -0.24%
2006 5.60% -0.31%
2005 5.91% -0.12%
2004 6.03% -0.17%
2003 6.20% 0.09%
2002 6.11% 0.24%
2001 5.87% 0.06%
2000 5.80% -0.17%
1999 5.98% 0.12%
1998 5.85% 0.15%
1997 5.70% 0.01%
1996 5.69% 0.07%
1995 5.63% 0.14%
1994 5.49% 0.26%
1993 5.23% 0.29%
1992 4.93% 0.13%
1991 4.80% 0.13%