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Labor > Unemployment > Total > % of total labor force: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment. Definitions of labor force and unemployment differ by country.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Djibouti 43.5% 1991
2 Lesotho 39.3% 1997
3 Armenia 36.4% 1997
4 Seychelles 34.6% 1992
5 Namibia 31.1% 2001
6 Marshall Islands 30.9% 1999
7 South Africa 27.1% 2004
8 Iraq 26.8% 2004
9 Swaziland 25.2% 1997
10 Saint Lucia 24.8% 2003
=11 Ethiopia 23.1% 2004
=11 Dominica 23.1% 1997
13 Kenya 21.3% 1994
14 Algeria 20.1% 2004
15 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 19.8% 1991
=16 Botswana 18.6% 2001
=16 New Caledonia 18.6% 1996
18 Dominican Republic 18.4% 2004
19 Slovakia 18.1% 2004
20 Gabon 18% 1993
21 Poland 17.7% 2005
22 Nigeria 16.9% 1995
=23 Venezuela 16.8% 2003
=23 Eritrea 16.8% 1984
=23 Uruguay 16.8% 2003
26 Argentina 15.6% 2003
=27 Serbia and Montenegro 15.2% 2003
=27 Albania 15.2% 2003
=27 Grenada 15.2% 1998
30 Netherlands Antilles 15.1% 2003
31 Tunisia 14.7% 2003
32 Sao Tome and Principe 14.4% 2000
33 Mongolia 14.2% 2003
34 Suriname 13.8% 1999
35 Colombia 13.7% 2004
36 Croatia 12.7% 2005
37 Georgia 12.6% 2004
38 Kyrgyzstan 12.5% 2002
39 Jordan 12.4% 2004
=40 Panama 12.3% 2004
=40 Syria 12.3% 2003
42 Bulgaria 12.1% 2004
43 Zambia 12% 1998
44 Iran 11.6% 2003
45 Yemen 11.5% 1999
46 Jamaica 11.4% 2004
47 Morocco 11.2% 2005
=48 Spain 11% 2004
=48 Egypt 11% 2003
50 Philippines 10.9% 2004
51 Israel 10.7% 2003
52 Puerto Rico 10.6% 2004
53 Peru 10.5% 2004
54 Trinidad and Tobago 10.4% 2002
=55 Turkey 10.3% 2005
=55 The Bahamas 10.3% 2004
57 Greece 10.2% 2004
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 10.16% 2003
58 Belize 10% 2002
=59 France 9.9% 2004
=59 Indonesia 9.9% 2004
=61 Barbados 9.8% 2004
=61 Germany 9.8% 2004
63 Brazil 9.7% 2003
64 Estonia 9.6% 2004
Emerging markets average (profile) 9.46% 2004
65 Guyana 9.1% 2001
NATO countries average (profile) 9.02% 2004
66 Finland 8.9% 2004
=67 Nepal 8.8% 2001
=67 Mali 8.8% 2004
European Union average (profile) 8.78% 2004
69 Latvia 8.7% 2005
=70 Ecuador 8.6% 2004
=70 Lebanon 8.6% 1997
=70 Ukraine 8.6% 2004
=73 Mauritius 8.5% 2004
=73 Sri Lanka 8.5% 2004
75 Kazakhstan 8.4% 2004
Eurozone average (profile) 8.36% 2004
=76 Lithuania 8.3% 2005
=76 Czech Republic 8.3% 2004
=78 Zimbabwe 8.2% 2002
=78 Ghana 8.2% 2000
=80 Moldova 8.1% 2004
=80 Paraguay 8.1% 2003
=82 Italy 8% 2004
=82 Romania 8% 2004
84 Russia 7.9% 2004
=85 Chile 7.8% 2004
=85 Nicaragua 7.8% 2003
87 Pakistan 7.7% 2004
88 Cameroon 7.5% 2001
=89 Aruba 7.4% 1997
=89 Belgium 7.4% 2004
High income OECD countries average (profile) 7.35% 2004
=91 Canada 7.2% 2004
=91 Haiti 7.2% 1999
=91 Malta 7.2% 2004
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 7.1% 2004
=94 El Salvador 6.8% 2004
=94 Hong Kong 6.8% 2004
96 Portugal 6.7% 2004
97 Sweden 6.5% 2004
98 Costa Rica 6.4% 2004
Non-religious countries average (profile) 6.39% 2004
=99 Hungary 6.1% 2004
=99 Slovenia 6.1% 2004
=101 Antigua and Barbuda 6% 1991
=101 Burma 6% 1990
103 Honduras 5.9% 2004
=104 Bolivia 5.5% 2002
=104 Guam 5.5% 1993
=104 United States 5.5% 2004
=107 Australia 5.4% 2004
=107 Fiji 5.4% 1995
=107 Singapore 5.4% 2003
=110 Bahrain 5.2% 2001
=110 Denmark 5.2% 2004
=110 Saudi Arabia 5.2% 2002
113 Tanzania 5.1% 2001
114 India 5% 2004
115 Austria 4.9% 2004
=116 Luxembourg 4.8% 2004
=116 Macau 4.8% 2004
=118 Cyprus 4.7% 2004
=118 Japan 4.7% 2004
=118 Brunei 4.7% 1991
121 United Kingdom 4.6% 2004
122 Madagascar 4.5% 2002
=123 Norway 4.4% 2004
=123 Ireland 4.4% 2004
=125 Netherlands 4.3% 2003
=125 Bangladesh 4.3% 2003
=125 Switzerland 4.3% 2004
128 China 4.2% 2005
129 Cayman Islands 4.1% 1997
=130 Qatar 3.9% 2001
=130 New Zealand 3.9% 2004
=132 South Korea 3.5% 2004
=132 Malaysia 3.5% 2004
134 Cuba 3.3% 2002
135 Uganda 3.2% 2003
=136 Guinea 3.1% 1994
=136 Bhutan 3.1% 2005
=136 Iceland 3.1% 2004
139 Mexico 3% 2004
=140 Papua New Guinea 2.8% 2000
=140 Guatemala 2.8% 2003
=142 Burkina Faso 2.6% 1994
=142 Laos 2.6% 1995
144 United Arab Emirates 2.3% 2000
145 Vietnam 2.1% 2004
146 Maldives 2% 2000
147 Kuwait 1.7% 2004
148 Thailand 1.5% 2004
149 Malawi 0.9% 1998
150 Cambodia 0.8% 2004
151 Chad 0.7% 1993
152 Rwanda 0.6% 1996
153 Burundi 0.5% 1990

Citation

"Countries Compared by Labor > Unemployment > Total > % of total labor force. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", World Development Indicators database. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Labor/Unemployment/Total/%-of-total-labor-force

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