World Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • World unemployment rate for 2019 was 5.40%, a 0% increase from 2018.
  • World unemployment rate for 2018 was 5.39%, a 0.18% decline from 2017.
  • World unemployment rate for 2017 was 5.57%, a 0.1% decline from 2016.
  • World unemployment rate for 2016 was 5.67%, a 0.03% 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%
World Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 5.40% 0.00%
2018 5.39% -0.18%
2017 5.57% -0.10%
2016 5.67% 0.03%
2015 5.64% 0.00%
2014 5.63% -0.14%
2013 5.77% 0.00%
2012 5.77% -0.03%
2011 5.80% -0.12%
2010 5.92% -0.08%
2009 6.00% 0.65%
2008 5.35% 0.00%
2007 5.35% -0.24%
2006 5.59% -0.31%
2005 5.90% -0.11%
2004 6.02% -0.17%
2003 6.19% 0.08%
2002 6.11% 0.26%
2001 5.85% 0.08%
2000 5.77% -0.17%
1999 5.94% 0.11%
1998 5.83% 0.14%
1997 5.69% 0.03%
1996 5.66% 0.08%
1995 5.58% 0.15%
1994 5.43% 0.22%
1993 5.21% 0.31%
1992 4.90% 0.14%
1991 4.76% 0.14%