World Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • World unemployment rate for 2021 was 6.18%, a 0.4% decline from 2020.
  • World unemployment rate for 2020 was 6.57%, a 1.22% increase from 2019.
  • World unemployment rate for 2019 was 5.36%, a 0.03% decline from 2018.
  • World unemployment rate for 2018 was 5.39%, a 0.17% decline from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Latin America & Caribbean 9.96%
Euro Area 7.76%
Sub-Saharan Africa 7.66%
European Union 7.04%
OECD members 6.33%
World 6.18%
South Asia 5.79%
North America 5.70%
East Asia & Pacific 4.20%
World Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2021 6.18% -0.40%
2020 6.57% 1.22%
2019 5.36% -0.03%
2018 5.39% -0.17%
2017 5.56% -0.10%
2016 5.66% 0.04%
2015 5.62% 0.02%
2014 5.60% -0.12%
2013 5.73% -0.01%
2012 5.74% -0.03%
2011 5.77% -0.14%
2010 5.90% -0.10%
2009 6.01% 0.60%
2008 5.41% -0.01%
2007 5.42% -0.22%
2006 5.63% -0.27%
2005 5.90% -0.10%
2004 6.00% -0.16%
2003 6.16% 0.09%
2002 6.07% 0.22%
2001 5.86% 0.09%
2000 5.77% -0.20%
1999 5.97% 0.11%
1998 5.86% 0.15%
1997 5.70% 0.00%
1996 5.70% 0.07%
1995 5.63% 0.14%
1994 5.49% 0.26%
1993 5.23% 0.27%
1992 4.96% 0.16%
1991 4.80% 0.16%