Zambia Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Zambia unemployment rate for 2019 was 11.43%, a 0.07% decline from 2018.
  • Zambia unemployment rate for 2018 was 11.50%, a 0.13% decline from 2017.
  • Zambia unemployment rate for 2017 was 11.63%, a 0.74% increase from 2016.
  • Zambia unemployment rate for 2016 was 10.88%, a 0.78% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
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Lesotho 23.41%
Eswatini 22.08%
Sudan 16.54%
Tunisia 16.02%
Georgia 14.40%
Sao Tome and Principe 13.37%
Cabo Verde 12.25%
Zambia 11.43%
Egypt 10.76%
Djibouti 10.30%
Mauritania 9.55%
Congo, Rep. 9.47%
Morocco 9.02%
Ukraine 8.88%
Nigeria 8.10%
Angola 6.89%
Nicaragua 6.84%
Kyrgyz Republic 6.33%
Mongolia 6.01%
Uzbekistan 5.92%
Moldova 5.47%
Honduras 5.39%
India 5.36%
Indonesia 4.69%
Timor-Leste 4.55%
Pakistan 4.45%
Vanuatu 4.39%
Ghana 4.33%
Sri Lanka 4.20%
Bangladesh 4.19%
El Salvador 4.11%
Bolivia 3.50%
Cameroon 3.38%
Kenya 2.64%
Papua New Guinea 2.46%
Bhutan 2.34%
Philippines 2.15%
Vietnam 2.01%
Myanmar 1.58%
Cambodia 0.68%
Lao PDR 0.63%
Solomon Islands 0.58%
Zambia Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2019 11.43% -0.07%
2018 11.50% -0.13%
2017 11.63% 0.74%
2016 10.88% 0.78%
2015 10.11% 0.77%
2014 9.34% 0.72%
2013 8.62% 0.77%
2012 7.85% -2.49%
2011 10.34% -2.85%
2010 13.19% 2.68%
2009 10.51% 2.58%
2008 7.93% -2.25%
2007 10.18% -2.67%
2006 12.85% -3.05%
2005 15.90% 0.52%
2004 15.38% 0.54%
2003 14.84% 0.63%
2002 14.21% 0.69%
2001 13.52% 0.59%
2000 12.93% 0.42%
1999 12.51% 0.51%
1998 12.00% -1.59%
1997 13.59% -1.71%
1996 15.30% -1.40%
1995 16.70% -1.48%
1994 18.19% -1.51%
1993 19.70% 0.46%
1992 19.24% 0.34%
1991 18.90% 0.34%