Zambia Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Zambia unemployment rate for 2021 was 13.03%, a 0.18% increase from 2020.
  • Zambia unemployment rate for 2020 was 12.85%, a 0.33% increase from 2019.
  • Zambia unemployment rate for 2019 was 12.52%, a 0.51% increase from 2018.
  • Zambia unemployment rate for 2018 was 12.01%, a 0.38% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Djibouti 28.39%
Eswatini 25.76%
West Bank and Gaza 24.90%
Lesotho 24.60%
Republic of Congo 23.01%
Sudan 19.81%
Tunisia 16.82%
Sao Tome and Principe 15.91%
Cabo Verde 15.42%
Zambia 13.03%
Morocco 11.47%
Mauritania 11.46%
Georgia 10.66%
Nigeria 9.79%
Egypt 9.33%
Kyrgyz Republic 9.10%
Ukraine 8.88%
Angola 8.53%
Honduras 8.51%
Bolivia 8.51%
Uzbekistan 7.16%
Mongolia 7.08%
India 5.98%
Nicaragua 5.96%
El Salvador 5.94%
Kenya 5.74%
Sri Lanka 5.40%
Bangladesh 5.23%
Timor-Leste 5.07%
Ghana 4.70%
Indonesia 4.41%
Pakistan 4.35%
Bhutan 4.33%
Moldova 3.96%
Cameroon 3.87%
Papua New Guinea 2.75%
Philippines 2.41%
Vanuatu 2.18%
Myanmar 2.17%
Vietnam 2.17%
Lao PDR 1.26%
Solomon Islands 1.03%
Cambodia 0.61%
Zambia Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2021 13.03% 0.18%
2020 12.85% 0.33%
2019 12.52% 0.51%
2018 12.01% 0.38%
2017 11.63% 0.76%
2016 10.87% 0.75%
2015 10.13% 0.76%
2014 9.36% 0.75%
2013 8.61% 0.76%
2012 7.85% -2.70%
2011 10.55% -2.64%
2010 13.19% 2.63%
2009 10.56% 2.63%
2008 7.93% -2.66%
2007 10.59% -2.66%
2006 13.25% -2.66%
2005 15.90% 0.60%
2004 15.30% 0.60%
2003 14.70% 0.58%
2002 14.12% 0.61%
2001 13.51% 0.58%
2000 12.93% 0.49%
1999 12.44% 0.44%
1998 12.00% -1.64%
1997 13.64% -1.66%
1996 15.30% -1.51%
1995 16.81% -1.62%
1994 18.43% -1.27%
1993 19.70% 0.33%
1992 19.37% 0.47%
1991 18.90% 0.47%