North Korea Unemployment Rate 1991-2024

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2022 was 2.96%, a 0.25% decline from 2021.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2021 was 3.21%, a 0.15% increase from 2020.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2020 was 3.06%, a 0.28% increase from 2019.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2019 was 2.78%, a 0.02% decline from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

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North Korea Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2022 2.96% -0.25%
2021 3.21% 0.15%
2020 3.06% 0.28%
2019 2.78% -0.02%
2018 2.81% -0.05%
2017 2.86% -0.06%
2016 2.92% 0.02%
2015 2.90% 0.03%
2014 2.87% -0.05%
2013 2.92% 0.00%
2012 2.92% 0.03%
2011 2.89% 0.08%
2010 2.81% -0.09%
2009 2.90% 0.03%
2008 2.87% -0.04%
2007 2.91% 0.01%
2006 2.90% -0.03%
2005 2.93% -0.03%
2004 2.96% -0.04%
2003 3.00% 0.01%
2002 2.99% -0.04%
2001 3.03% 0.02%
2000 3.01% -0.01%
1999 3.03% 0.17%
1998 2.85% 0.18%
1997 2.67% 0.10%
1996 2.58% 0.05%
1995 2.52% 0.02%
1994 2.51% 0.11%
1993 2.40% 0.10%
1992 2.30% 0.02%
1991 2.28% 0.02%