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Labor > Unemployment > 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 Mauritania 33% 2004
3 Solomon Islands 31.9% 1999
4 Marshall Islands 30.9% 1999
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina 29% 2007
6 Swaziland 28.2% 2008
7 Lesotho 27.3% 1999
8 Equatorial Guinea 24.2% 1983
9 Cape Verde 23% 1990
10 South Africa 22.9% 2008
11 Albania 22.7% 2001
12 Namibia 21.9% 2004
13 Saint Lucia 21% 2004
14 Comoros 20% 1991
15 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 19.8% 1991
16 Gabon 17.8% 1993
17 Botswana 17.6% 2006
18 Ethiopia 17% 2006
19 Sao Tome and Principe 16.7% 2006
20 New Caledonia 16.31% 2004
21 Tuvalu 16.3% 2004
22 Dominican Republic 15.6% 2007
23 Grenada 15.2% 1998
24 Maldives 14.4% 2006
25 Tunisia 14.2% 2005
=26 Suriname 13.8% 1999
=26 Algeria 13.8% 2007
28 Serbia and Montenegro 13.63% 2008
29 Georgia 13.3% 2007
30 Zambia 12.9% 2000
31 Jordan 12.7% 2008
32 Netherlands Antilles 12% 2007
33 Guyana 11.8% 2002
34 French Polynesia 11.74% 2007
35 Colombia 11.7% 2008
36 Puerto Rico 11.6% 2008
37 Guam 11.39% 2002
38 Spain 11.3% 2008
39 Senegal 11.1% 2006
40 Dominica 11% 2001
41 Jamaica 10.6% 2008
42 Iraq 10.5% 2004
43 Ghana 10.4% 2000
44 Syria 10.3% 2003
=45 Barbados 9.8% 2004
=45 Kenya 9.8% 1999
47 Morocco 9.6% 2008
48 Armenia 9.59% 2004
49 Slovakia 9.5% 2008
50 Turkey 9.4% 2008
=51 Nepal 8.8% 2001
=51 Mali 8.8% 2004
=53 Indonesia 8.4% 2008
=53 Greenland 8.4% 2006
=53 Croatia 8.4% 2008
=53 Antigua and Barbuda 8.4% 2001
=53 Kazakhstan 8.4% 2004
58 Kyrgyzstan 8.3% 2006
59 Northern Mariana Islands 8.25% 2005
60 Belize 8.2% 2008
61 Lebanon 8.1% 2004
62 Fiji 8.07% 2007
=63 Turks and Caicos Islands 7.9% 2005
=63 The Bahamas 7.9% 2007
=63 Brazil 7.9% 2008
=66 Malawi 7.8% 2004
=66 Hungary 7.8% 2008
=66 Chile 7.8% 2008
69 Greece 7.7% 2008
=70 Portugal 7.6% 2008
=70 Uruguay 7.6% 2008
Emerging markets average (profile) 7.5% 2008
=72 Cameroon 7.5% 2001
=72 Aruba 7.5% 1997
=72 Latvia 7.5% 2008
=72 Germany 7.5% 2008
=76 France 7.4% 2008
=76 Philippines 7.4% 2008
=76 Venezuela 7.4% 2008
79 Mauritius 7.3% 2008
80 Argentina 7.25% 2008
81 Haiti 7.2% 1999
=82 Cambodia 7.1% 2004
=82 Poland 7.1% 2008
=84 Peru 7% 2007
=84 Belgium 7% 2008
86 European Union 6.96% 2008
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 6.92% 2006
87 Ecuador 6.9% 2008
88 Panama 6.8% 2007
89 Italy 6.7% 2008
90 El Salvador 6.6% 2006
=91 Trinidad and Tobago 6.5% 2007
=91 Azerbaijan 6.5% 2007
Eurozone average (profile) 6.44% 2008
=93 Finland 6.4% 2008
=93 Gibraltar 6.4% 1991
=93 Ukraine 6.4% 2008
NATO countries average (profile) 6.35% 2008
European Union average (profile) 6.29% 2008
=96 Israel 6.2% 2008
=96 Sweden 6.2% 2008
=96 Russia 6.2% 2008
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 6.16% 2008
=99 Canada 6.1% 2008
=99 Kiribati 6.1% 2005
=101 Ireland 6% 2008
=101 Malta 6% 2008
=101 Burma 6% 1990
=104 Lithuania 5.8% 2008
=104 United States 5.8% 2008
=104 Romania 5.8% 2008
High income OECD countries average (profile) 5.75% 2008
=107 Paraguay 5.7% 2008
=107 Bulgaria 5.7% 2008
Non-religious countries average (profile) 5.64% 2007
=109 Liberia 5.6% 2007
=109 United Kingdom 5.6% 2008
=109 Saudi Arabia 5.6% 2007
=112 Bahrain 5.5% 2001
=112 Estonia 5.5% 2008
=112 Seychelles 5.5% 2005
115 Bolivia 5.4% 2002
=116 Nicaragua 5.2% 2006
=116 Sri Lanka 5.2% 2008
=118 Luxembourg 5.1% 2008
=118 American Samoa 5.1% 2000
=118 Pakistan 5.1% 2007
121 India 5% 2004
122 Brunei 4.7% 1991
123 Costa Rica 4.6% 2007
=124 Slovenia 4.4% 2008
=124 Czech Republic 4.4% 2008
=126 Tanzania 4.3% 2006
=126 Bangladesh 4.3% 2005
=128 Australia 4.2% 2008
=128 Zimbabwe 4.2% 2004
=128 China 4.2% 2008
131 Palau 4.18% 2005
=132 New Zealand 4.1% 2008
=132 Cote d'Ivoire 4.1% 1998
=134 Moldova 4% 2008
=134 Mexico 4% 2008
=134 Japan 4% 2008
=137 Nigeria 3.9% 1986
=137 Qatar 3.9% 2001
=139 Cayman Islands 3.8% 2007
=139 Austria 3.8% 2008
141 Cyprus 3.7% 2008
142 Monaco 3.6% 2000
=143 Sierra Leone 3.4% 2004
=143 Switzerland 3.4% 2008
145 Denmark 3.3% 2008
=146 Malaysia 3.2% 2007
=146 Uganda 3.2% 2003
=146 Faroe Islands 3.2% 2005
=146 Bhutan 3.2% 2005
=146 Singapore 3.2% 2008
=151 United Arab Emirates 3.1% 2005
=151 Honduras 3.1% 2006
153 Iceland 3% 2008
=154 Netherlands 2.8% 2008
=154 Papua New Guinea 2.8% 2000
=154 Mongolia 2.8% 2008
157 Bermuda 2.7% 2000
=158 Madagascar 2.6% 2005
=158 Norway 2.6% 2008
=158 San Marino 2.6% 2007
161 Burkina Faso 2.4% 1998
162 Mozambique 2.2% 1997
163 Vietnam 2.1% 2004
=164 Guatemala 1.8% 2006
=164 Cuba 1.8% 2007
166 Kuwait 1.67% 2004
167 Vanuatu 1.6% 1999
168 Niger 1.5% 2001
=169 Thailand 1.4% 2008
=169 Laos 1.4% 2005
171 Samoa 1.29% 2006
172 Tonga 1.09% 2006
=173 Benin 0.7% 2002
=173 Chad 0.7% 1993
175 Rwanda 0.6% 1996
176 Burundi 0.5% 1990

Citation

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

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