Unemployment (% of total labor force)

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Unemployment by country

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A map of the world, with colours to highlight the unemployment percent of total labor force of each country. Numbers on the legend are %.

List of all countries

Flag Position Country Number
1 South Africa 28.74
2 Lesotho 24.65
3 Eswatini 23.4
4 Gabon 20.47
5 Namibia 20.35
6 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 20.27
7 Armenia 20.21
8 Libya 19.39
9 Jordan 18.5
10 North Macedonia 18.4
11 Sudan 17.71
12 Botswana 17.7
13 Saint Lucia 17.13
14 Costa Rica 17.08
15 Bosnia and Herzegovina 16.85
16 Greece 16.85
17 Tunisia 16.69
18 Montenegro 15.86
19 Guyana 15.82
20 Spain 15.67
21 Colombia 15.44
22 Haiti 14.5
23 Bahamas 14.41
24 Turkey 13.92
25 Sao Tome and Principe 13.86
26 Iraq 13.74
27 Brazil 13.67
28 Yemen 13.42
29 Cabo Verde 13.41
30 Somalia 13.1
31 Algeria 12.83
32 Barbados 12.79
33 Uruguay 12.67
34 South Sudan 12.66
35 Zambia 12.17
36 Georgia 12.05
37 Afghanistan 11.73
38 Albania 11.7
39 Argentina 11.67
40 Djibouti 11.57
41 Chile 11.51
42 Iran 10.96
43 Mauritania 10.66
44 Egypt 10.45
45 Congo 10.27
46 Panama 10.23
47 Morocco 10.15
48 Gambia 9.64
49 Canada 9.48
50 Ukraine 9.48
51 Honduras 9.39
52 Italy 9.31
53 Equatorial Guinea 9.15
54 Venezuela 9.14
55 Serbia 9.08
56 Syria 9.03
57 Nigeria 9.01
58 Dominican Republic 8.9
59 Samoa 8.87
60 Suriname 8.65
61 France 8.62
62 Sweden 8.45
63 Comoros 8.43
64 Lithuania 8.43
65 Jamaica 8.4
66 Brunei Darussalam 8.37
67 United States of America (USA) 8.31
68 Saudi Arabia 8.22
69 Latvia 8.19
70 Kyrgyzstan 7.89
71 Finland 7.83
72 Belize 7.82
73 Angola 7.7
74 Paraguay 7.61
75 Mali 7.5
76 Tajikistan 7.5
77 Eritrea 7.44
78 Cyprus 7.21
79 Croatia 7.2
80 Portugal 7.2
81 Maldives 7.18
82 India 7.11
83 Mauritius 7.11
84 Senegal 7.1
85 El Salvador 6.98
86 Luxembourg 6.96
87 Kuwait 6.79
88 Slovakia 6.79
89 Trinidad and Tobago 6.74
90 Australia 6.61
91 Lebanon 6.61
92 Estonia 6.46
93 Azerbaijan 6.27
94 Peru 6.24
95 Ecuador 6.23
96 Kazakhstan 6.05
97 Belgium 6.01
98 Malawi 5.99
99 Uzbekistan 5.97
100 Ireland 5.92
101 Nicaragua 5.82
102 Austria 5.77
103 Russia 5.73
104 Zimbabwe 5.73
105 Bulgaria 5.71
106 Denmark 5.66
107 Bolivia 5.61
108 Bangladesh 5.3
109 Belarus 5.28
110 Singapore 5.19
111 Slovenia 5.17
112 Timor-Leste 5.06
113 Iceland 5.01
114 United Arab Emirates 5
115 China 5
116 Oman 4.97
117 Burkina Faso 4.96
118 Switzerland 4.94
119 Sri Lanka 4.84
120 Romania 4.84
121 Fiji 4.79
122 Moldova 4.71
123 Mexico 4.71
124 Guatemala 4.65
125 Pakistan 4.65
126 Norway 4.62
127 Israel 4.61
128 Sierra Leone 4.6
129 Democratic Republic of the Congo 4.55
130 Malaysia 4.55
131 New Zealand 4.55
132 Ghana 4.53
133 Nepal 4.44
134 Turkmenistan 4.38
135 Tonga 4.37
136 Guinea 4.35
137 Hungary 4.35
138 United Kingdom 4.34
139 Central African Republic 4.33
140 Mongolia 4.33
141 Germany 4.31
142 Indonesia 4.11
143 Bahrain 4.09
144 Malta 4.09
145 Netherlands 4.09
146 South Korea 4.07
147 Togo 4.05
148 Cuba 3.87
149 Bhutan 3.74
150 Cameroon 3.62
151 Poland 3.55
152 Ivory Coast 3.5
153 Qatar 3.45
154 Mozambique 3.39
155 Philippines 3.36
156 Liberia 3.3
157 Guinea-Bissau 3.16
158 Japan 2.97
159 Czechia 2.94
160 North Korea 2.81
161 Ethiopia 2.79
162 Papua New Guinea 2.74
163 Benin 2.54
164 Vietnam 2.27
165 Chad 2.26
166 Tanzania 2.16
167 Vanuatu 1.95
168 Madagascar 1.92
169 Myanmar 1.79
170 Rwanda 1.35
171 Thailand 1.02
172 Laos 0.95
173 Burundi 0.8
174 Solomon Islands 0.79
175 Niger 0.69
176 Cambodia 0.31

Bar chart

World unemployment by year

World unemployment by year.

Table

Year Number
1991 4.8
1992 4.93
1993 5.23
1994 5.49
1995 5.63
1996 5.69
1997 5.7
1998 5.85
1999 5.98
2000 5.8
2001 5.87
2002 6.11
2003 6.2
2004 6.03
2005 5.91
2006 5.6
2007 5.36
2008 5.38
2009 6.01
2010 5.92
2011 5.78
2012 5.78
2013 5.77
2014 5.63
2015 5.63
2016 5.66
2017 5.55
2018 5.37
2019 5.37
2020 6.47

Countries with the highest unemployment

Top 10 countries by unemployment

How many people are without a job? Everything to know about unemployment

The possibility to earn money and to associate with others is of utmost importance for human beings. That is why it is quite crucial to have a job, especially the one that suits us and makes us happy. We probably realize the unemployment in our own country, but what about the neighbouring nations and great powers?

Let’s take a look at the unemployment rates at the wealthiest nations in the world

There are five countries that are at the top of almost all rankings in terms of wealthiness, and these are China, the USA, India, Japan, and Germany. Interestingly, out of them the biggest unemployment rate, when compared to the total labor force, can be noticed in India (5.4%). It is a rather moderate rate, which shouldn’t pose any large troubles.

Slightly smaller unemployment rates are in China (4.4%), and in the USA. (3.9%). The Germans are known as hard-working people, and the unemployment rate seems to confirm this with 3%. However, the lowest unemployment rate out of the wealthiest countries is in Japan with only 2.3%.

The biggest unemployment is in… Africa

South Africa, to be exact. There, we can notice an unemployment rate around 28.5%. It means that out of the total labor force, more than a quarter of society is not officially working. The second place goes to a region of the West Bank and Gaza (26.1%). Let’s also remember about the third place of the infamous rating, which is Lesotho, a small country in Africa. 

We should remember that there are numerous countries that struggle with high unemployment rates. Some of the examples are Spain and Turkey (both 13%). However, the most alarming is Greece with an enormous 15.5% of unemployed people. All the data was gathered at the end of 2019.

There are no unemployed people in Qatar!

The smallest unemployment rate can be found in this country located in Western Asia.There are only 0.1% of the unemployed. There are several other nations with incredibly small unemployment rates such as Solomon Islands and, surprisingly, Niger (both 0.5%)