Zambia Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Zambia unemployment rate for 2020 was 12.17%, a 0.26% increase from 2019.
  • Zambia unemployment rate for 2019 was 11.91%, a 0.1% decline from 2018.
  • Zambia unemployment rate for 2018 was 12.01%, a 0.38% increase from 2017.
  • Zambia unemployment rate for 2017 was 11.63%, a 0.75% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Nicaragua 5.82%
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Timor-Leste 5.06%
Sri Lanka 4.84%
Moldova 4.71%
Pakistan 4.65%
Ghana 4.53%
Mongolia 4.33%
Indonesia 4.11%
Bhutan 3.74%
Cameroon 3.62%
Philippines 3.36%
Kenya 2.98%
Papua New Guinea 2.74%
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Zambia Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 12.17% 0.26%
2019 11.91% -0.10%
2018 12.01% 0.38%
2017 11.63% 0.75%
2016 10.88% 0.78%
2015 10.10% 0.76%
2014 9.34% 0.73%
2013 8.61% 0.76%
2012 7.85% -2.49%
2011 10.34% -2.85%
2010 13.19% 2.69%
2009 10.50% 2.57%
2008 7.93% -2.27%
2007 10.20% -2.67%
2006 12.87% -3.03%
2005 15.90% 0.53%
2004 15.37% 0.57%
2003 14.80% 0.62%
2002 14.18% 0.68%
2001 13.50% 0.57%
2000 12.93% 0.43%
1999 12.50% 0.50%
1998 12.00% -1.59%
1997 13.59% -1.71%
1996 15.30% -1.42%
1995 16.72% -1.50%
1994 18.22% -1.48%
1993 19.70% 0.44%
1992 19.26% 0.36%
1991 18.90% 0.36%