Which Country Suffers the Most From Unemployment?

Unemployment Rate (%), 2018 or latest
Labour | May 18, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 176 countries in 2018, Kosovo ranked the highest in Unemployment Rate with 30.5% followed by Palestine and South Africa. On the other end of the scale was Qatar with 0.142%, Niger with 0.273% and Laos with 0.609%.

Average Unemployment Rate reached 4.96% in 2018 in the World. This is 1.26 % less than in the previous year and 26.7 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, average Unemployment Rate reached an all time high of 7.96% in 2019 and an all time low of 4.40% in 1991. The average annual growth amounted to 1.60 % since 1970.

Data for more countries are available at Unemployment Rate indicator page.

Unemployment Rate Unit 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Armenia % 16.2% 17.5% 18.3% 17.6% 17.8%
Bosnia and Herzegovina % 27.5% 27.5% 27.6% 25.4% 20.5%
Botswana % 18.3% 18.2% 18.0% 17.9% 17.6% ...
Gabon % 20.1% 19.9% 20.0% 19.6% 19.4% ...
Greece % 27.5% 26.5% 24.9% 23.5% 21.5%
Kosovo % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 30.0% 35.3% 32.9% 27.5% 30.5% ... ...
Lesotho % 24.6% 24.3% 24.3% 24.2% 23.6% ...
Libya % 18.3% 17.1% 16.1% 16.2% 17.1% ...
Macedonia % 29.0% 28.0% 26.1% 23.7% 22.4%
Namibia % 19.0% 18.5% 20.8% 23.4% 23.1% ...
Palestine % 23.4% 26.9% 25.8% 26.9% 27.4% ...
South Africa % 24.6% 24.9% 25.2% 26.6% 27.3%
Spain % 26.1% 24.4% 22.1% 19.6% 17.2%
Swaziland % 25.4% 24.5% 23.6% 22.7% 22.3% ...
Tunisia % 15.9% 15.1% 15.2% 15.5% 15.4%