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Unemployment in the World

4.95 % in 2018

Though World unemployment fluctuated substantially in recent years, it tended to decrease through 1999 - 2018 period ending at 4.95 % in 2018.

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Date Value Change, %
2018 4.95 -1.93 %
2017 5.05 -3.20 %
2016 5.22 -0.03 %
2015 5.22 0.50 %
2014 5.19 -3.05 %
2013 5.35 0.01 %
2012 5.35 0.14 %
2011 5.35 -2.41 %
2010 5.48 -2.22 %
2009 5.60 13.26 %
2008 4.95 0.13 %
2007 4.94
Employment Rate 58.32 % in 2018 WB
Labor Force 39.03 % in 2018 WB
Labor Force Participation Rate 33.67 % in 2018 WB
Employment 28.26 % in 2018 WB
Race United States of America (% on Sep 2019)
African American People 5.1 FRED
Hispanic People 3.6 FRED
White People 3.1 FRED
Asian American People 2.4 FRED
Macro Region
Africa 628 timeseries
Asia 403 timeseries
Central America and the Caribbean 263 timeseries
Europe 1573 timeseries
Middle East 297 timeseries
North America 4.15 % in 2018 WB
Oceania 209 timeseries
South America 284 timeseries
Southeast Asia 244 timeseries
Country
Afghanistan 1.54 % in 2018 WB
Albania 12.2 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Algeria 11.73 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Angola 7.25 % in 2018 WB
Antigua and Barbuda 8.42 % in 2001 WB
Argentina 9.2 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Armenia 18.14 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Australia 5.19 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Austria 4.57 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Azerbaijan 5.03 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Bahamas 9.2 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Bahrain 3.91 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Bangladesh 4.31 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Barbados 10.12 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Belarus 0.77 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Belgium 5.66 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Belize 8.72 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Benin 2.13 % in 2018 WB
Bhutan 3.2 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Bolivia 4 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Bosnia and Herzegovina 18.4 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Botswana 17.94 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Brazil 12.26 % in 2018 OECD + 5 others
Brunei Darussalam 9.3 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Bulgaria 5.2 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Burkina Faso 6.06 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Burundi 1.53 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Cabo Verde 8.5 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Cambodia 1.05 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Cameroon 3.36 % in 2018 WB
Canada 5.87 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Central African Republic 6.48 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Chad 2.23 % in 2018 WB
Chile 6.97 % in 2018 OECD + 5 others
China 3.8 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Colombia 10.13 % in 2018 OECD + 5 others
Comoros 3.71 % in 2018 WB
Congo 10.38 % in 2018 WB
Costa Rica 10.28 % in 2018 OECD + 3 others
Côte d'Ivoire 2.48 % in 2018 WB
Croatia 10 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Cuba 2.26 % in 2018 WB
Cyprus 8.35 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Czech Republic 2.12 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Democratic People's Republic of Korea 3.3 % in 2018 WB
Democratic Republic of the Congo 4.16 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Denmark 4.84 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Djibouti 11.12 % in 2018 WB
Dominica 10.96 % in 2001 WB
Dominican Republic 5.2 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Ecuador 3.69 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Egypt 10.93 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
El Salvador 6.69 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Equatorial Guinea 9.16 % in 2018 WB
Eritrea 6.54 % in 2018 WB
Estonia 5.35 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Eswatini 22.48 % in 2018 WB
Ethiopia 1.81 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Fiji 4.5 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Finland 6.68 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
France 8.68 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Gabon 19.49 % in 2018 WB
Gambia 8.9 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Georgia 14.11 % in 2018 WB + 2 others
Germany 2.99 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Ghana 6.71 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Greece 19.29 % in 2018 OECD + 5 others
Grenada 22.9 % in 2015 WB
Guatemala 2.73 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Guinea 3.61 % in 2018 WB
Guinea Bissau 4.06 % in 2018 WB
Guyana 12.15 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Haiti 13.53 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Honduras 3.91 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Hong Kong 2.81 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Hungary 3.37 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Iceland 3.24 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
India 2.55 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Indonesia 5.34 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Iran 13.87 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Iraq 7.93 % in 2018 WB
Ireland 5.41 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Israel 4.15 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Italy 12.25 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Jamaica 11.6 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Japan 2.42 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Jordan 18.6 % on Dec 2018 WB + 3 others
Kazakhstan 4.95 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Kenya 9.31 % in 2018 WB
Kiribati 9.33 % in 2015 WB
Kuwait 1.32 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Kyrgyzstan 6.8 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Lao People’s Democratic Republic 0.61 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Latvia 7.41 % in 2018 OECD + 5 others
Lebanon 6.17 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Lesotho 23.6 % in 2018 WB
Liberia 2.03 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Libya 17.29 % in 2018 WB
Liechtenstein 2.01 % in 2007 WB
Lithuania 5.85 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Luxembourg 5.17 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 6 others
Macau 1.8 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Madagascar 1.66 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Malawi 5.43 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Malaysia 3.33 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Maldives 6.07 % in 2018 WB
Mali 9.57 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Malta 4 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Marshall Islands 4.74 % in 2011 WB
Mauritania 10.31 % in 2018 WB
Mauritius 6.9 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Mexico 3.29 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Micronesia (Federated States of) 8.86 % in 2014 WB
Monaco 6.33 % in 2016 WB
Mongolia 10 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Montenegro 15.46 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Morocco 9.8 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Mozambique 3.17 % in 2018 WB
Myanmar 4 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Namibia 23.09 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Nauru 13.28 % in 2013 WB
Nepal 1.26 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Netherlands 3.67 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
New Zealand 4.17 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Nicaragua 15.17 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Niger 0.27 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Nigeria 23.13 % in 3rd quarter 2018 IMF + 2 others
North Macedonia 19.4 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Norway 3.53 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Oman 3.11 % in 2018 WB
Pakistan 6.08 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Palau 1.36 % in 2014 WB
Palestine 29.1 % in 4th quarter 2018 IMF + 1 other
Panama 6.41 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Papua New Guinea 2.37 % in 2018 WB
Paraguay 5.56 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Peru 6.7 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Philippines 5.33 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Poland 3.42 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Portugal 6.27 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Puerto Rico 11 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Qatar 0.14 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Republic of Korea 3.89 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Republic of Moldova 4.12 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Romania 4.17 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Russian Federation 4.8 % in 2018 OECD + 5 others
Rwanda 0.97 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Saint Kitts and Nevis 5.12 % in 2001 WB
Saint Lucia 20.87 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 19.76 % in 2018 WB
Samoa 8.32 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
San Marino 8.01 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Sao Tome and Principe 13.32 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Saudi Arabia 6.03 % on Dec 2018 WB + 3 others
Senegal 6.46 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Serbia 13.74 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Seychelles 3 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 1 other
Sierra Leone 4.31 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Singapore 2.13 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Slovakia 5.73 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Slovenia 5.13 % in 2018 OECD + 5 others
Solomon Islands 1.79 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Somalia 13.96 % in 2018 WB
South Africa 27.2 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 4 others
South Sudan 12.7 % in 2018 WB
Spain 13.64 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Sri Lanka 4.4 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Sudan 19.5 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Suriname 7.5 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Sweden 6.23 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
Switzerland 4.72 % in 2018 OECD + 5 others
Syrian Arab Republic 8.12 % in 2018 WB + 2 others
Taiwan Province of China 3.76 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 1 other
Tajikistan 10.92 % in 2018 WB + 2 others
Thailand 1.2 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Timor-Leste 3 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Togo 1.67 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Tonga 1.03 % in 2018 WB
Trinidad and Tobago 4.91 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 2 others
Tunisia 15.34 % on Jun 2019 WB + 3 others
Turkey 10.99 % in 2018 OECD + 5 others
Turkmenistan 3.78 % in 2018 WB
Tuvalu 8.49 % in 2016 WB
Uganda 1.74 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Ukraine 9.03 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
United Arab Emirates 2.58 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
United Kingdom 3.84 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 5 others
United Republic of Tanzania 1.93 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
United States of America 3.66 % in 3rd quarter 2019 OECD + 9 others
Uruguay 8.05 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Uzbekistan 1,368,600 Number in 4th quarter 2018 IMF + 1 other
Vanuatu 5.41 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 35.03 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Viet Nam 2.21 Percent of total labor force in 2018 IMF + 3 others
Yemen 12.93 % in 2018 WB + 1 other
Zambia 7.21 % in 2018 WB
Zimbabwe 4.91 % in 2018 WB + 1 other

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