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Country
Unemployment rate (%)
Afghanistan NA (2003)
Albania 15.8% officially; may be as high as 30% (2003 est.)
Algeria 26.2% (2004 est.)
American Samoa 6% (2000)
Andorra 0% (1996 est.)
Angola extensive unemployment and underemployment affecting more than half the population (2001 est.)
Anguilla 6.7% (2001)
Antigua and Barbuda 11% (2001 est.)
Argentina 17.3% (2004 est.)
Armenia 20% (2003 est.)
Aruba 0.6% (2003 est.)
Australia 6% (2004 est.)
Austria 4.4% (2004 est.)
Azerbaijan 1.1% (official rate is 1.2%) (2004 est.)
Bahamas, The 6.9% (2001 est.)
Bahrain 15% (1998 est.)
Bangladesh 40% (includes underemployment) (1)
Barbados 10.7% (2003 est.)
Belarus 2.1% officially registered unemployed (December 2000); large number of underemployed workers (2003 est.)
Belgium 8.1% (2004 est.)
Belize 9.1% (2002)
Benin NA
Bermuda 5% (2002 est.)
Bhutan NA
Bolivia 11.7%
note: widespread underemployment (2004 est.)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 40% (2004 est.)
Botswana 40% (official rate is 21%) (2001 est.)
Brazil 12.3% (2004 est.)
British Virgin Islands 3% (1995)
Brunei 10% (2001 est.)
Bulgaria 14.3% (2004 est.)
Burkina Faso NA
Burma 4.2% (2004 est.)
Burundi NA
Cambodia 2.5% (2000 est.)
Cameroon 30% (2001 est.)
Canada 7.8% (2004 est.)
Cape Verde 21% (2000 est.)
Cayman Islands 4.1% (1997)
Central African Republic 8% (23% for Bangui) (2001 est.)
Chad NA (2000)
Chile 8.5% (2004 est.)
China 10.1% urban unemployment roughly 10%; substantial unemployment and underemployment in rural areas (2004 est.)
Christmas Island NA
Cocos (Keeling) Islands 60% (2000 est.)
Colombia 14.2% (2004 est.)
Comoros 20% (1996 est.)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the NA (2003 est.)
Congo, Republic of the NA (2003)
Cook Islands 13% (1996)
Costa Rica 6.7% (2004 est.)
Cote d'Ivoire 13% in urban areas (1998)
Croatia 19.5% (2004 est.)
Cuba 2.6% (2004 est.)
Cyprus Greek Cypriot area: 3.4%; Turkish Cypriot area: 5.6% (2004 est.)
Czech Republic 9.9% (2004 est.)
Denmark 6.1% (2004 est.)
Djibouti 50% (2004 est.)
Dominica 23% (2000 est.)
Dominican Republic 16.5% (2004 est.)
East Timor 50% (including underemployment) (1992 est.)
Ecuador 9.8%; note - underemployment of 47% (2004 est.)
Egypt 9.9% (2004 est.)
El Salvador 6.5% - but the economy has much underemployment (2004 est.)
Equatorial Guinea 30% (1998 est.)
Eritrea NA (2003 est.)
Estonia 10.1% (2004 est.)
Ethiopia NA (2002)
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) full employment; labor shortage (2001)
Faroe Islands 1% (October 2000)
Fiji 7.6% (1999)
Finland 9% (2004 est.)
France 9.7% (2004 est.)
French Guiana 22% (2001)
French Polynesia 11.8% (1994)
Gabon 21% (1997 est.)
Gambia, The NA (2002 est.)
Gaza Strip 50% (includes West Bank) (2003 est.)
Georgia 17% (2001 est.)
Germany 10.5% (2004 est.)
Ghana 20% (1997 est.)
Gibraltar 2% (2001 est.)
Greece 9.4% (2004 est.)
Greenland 10% (2000 est.)
Grenada 12.5% (2000)
Guadeloupe 27.8% (1998)
Guam 15% (2000 est.)
Guatemala 7.5% (2003 est.)
Guernsey 0.5% (1999 est.)
Guinea NA (2002 est.)
Guinea-Bissau NA (1998)
Guyana 9.1% (understated) (2000)
Haiti widespread unemployment and underemployment; more than two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs (2002 est.)
Honduras 27.5% (2004 est.)
Hong Kong 7.9% (2004 est.)
Hungary 5.9% (2004 est.)
Iceland 3.4% (2004 est.)
India 9.5% (2004 est.)
Indonesia 8.7% (2004 est.)
Iran 15.7% (2002 est.)
Iraq NA (2003 est.)
Ireland 4.7% (2004 est.)
Israel 10.7% (2004 est.)
Italy 8.6% (2004 est.)
Jamaica 15.9% (2004 est.)
Japan 5.3% (2004 est.)
Jersey 0.7% (1998 est.)
Jordan 16% official rate; actual rate is 25%-30% (2001 est.)
Kazakhstan 8.8% (2004 est.)
Kenya 40% (2001 est.)
Kiribati 2%; underemployment 70% (1992 est.)
Korea, North NA (2003)
Korea, South 3.4% (2004 est.)
Kuwait 2.1% (2004 est.)
Kyrgyzstan 7.2% (1999 est.)
Laos 5.7% (1997 est.)
Latvia 8.6% (2004 est.)
Lebanon 18% (1997 est.)
Lesotho 45% (2002)
Liberia 85% (2003 est.)
Libya 30% (2001)
Liechtenstein 1.3% (September 2002)
Lithuania 10.3% (2004 est.)
Luxembourg 3.6% (2004 est.)
Macau 6.3% (2003)
Macedonia 36.7% (2004 est.)
Madagascar 5.9% (1998)
Malawi NA (2003 est.)
Malaysia 3.6% (2004 est.)
Maldives NEGL% (2003 est.)
Mali 14.6% urban areas; 5.3% rural areas (2001 est.)
Malta 7% (2003 est.)
Man, Isle of 0.7% (2004 est.)
Marshall Islands 30.9% (1999 est.)
Martinique 27.2% (1998)
Mauritania 21% (2004 est.)
Mauritius 9.8% (2004 est.)
Mayotte 38% (1999)
Mexico 3.3% plus underemployment of perhaps 25% (2004 est.)
Micronesia, Federated States of 16% (1999 est.)
Moldova 8% (roughly 25% of working age Moldovans are employed abroad) (2002 est.)
Monaco 3.1% (1999)
Mongolia 4.6% (2001)
Montserrat 6% (1998 est.)
Morocco 19% (2004 est.)
Mozambique 21% (1997 est.)
Namibia 35% (1998)
Nauru 0% (2002 est.)
Nepal 47% (2001 est.)
Netherlands 5.3% (2004 est.)
Netherlands Antilles 15.6% (2002 est.)
New Caledonia 19% (1996)
New Zealand 4.7% (2004 est.)
Nicaragua 22% plus considerable underemployment (2004 est.)
Niger NA (2002 est.)
Nigeria 2.7% (2004 est.)
Niue NA (March 1999)
Norfolk Island NA
Northern Mariana Islands NA
Norway 4.7% (2004 est.)
Oman NA
Pakistan 7.7% plus substantial underemployment (2004 est.)
Palau 2.3% (2000 est.)
Panama 13.8% (2004 est.)
Papua New Guinea NA
Paraguay 18.5% (2004 est.)
Peru 9.7%; widespread underemployment (2004 est.)
Philippines 11.4% (2004 est.)
Pitcairn Islands NA
Poland 20% (2004 est.)
Portugal 6.4% (2004 est.)
Puerto Rico 12% (2002)
Qatar 2.7% (2001)
Reunion 36% (1999 est.)
Romania 7.2% (2004 est.)
Russia 8.5% plus considerable underemployment (2004 est.)
Rwanda NA
Saint Helena 14% (1998 est.)
Saint Kitts and Nevis 4.5% (1997)
Saint Lucia 16.5% (2003 est.)
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 9.8% (1997)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 22% (2001 est.)
Samoa NA%; note - substantial underemployment
San Marino 2.6% (2001)
Sao Tome and Principe NA
Saudi Arabia 25% (2004 est.)
Senegal 48% (urban youth 40%) (2001 est.)
Serbia and Montenegro 34.5% (2004 est.)
Seychelles NA
Sierra Leone NA
Singapore 4.8% (2004 est.)
Slovakia 15.2% (2004 est.)
Slovenia 11.2% (2004 est.)
Solomon Islands NA
Somalia NA
South Africa 31% (includes workers no longer looking for employment) (2004 est.)
Spain 11.3% (2004 est.)
Sri Lanka 8.4% (2004 est.)
Sudan 18.7% (2002 est.)
Suriname 17% (2000)
Swaziland 34% (2000 est.)
Sweden 4.9% (2004 est.)
Switzerland 3.7% (2004 est.)
Syria 20% (2002 est.)
Taiwan 5% (2004 est.)
Tajikistan 40% (2002 est.)
Tanzania NA
Thailand 2.2% (2004 est.)
Togo NA (2003 est.)
Tokelau NA
Tonga 13.3% (1996 est.)
Trinidad and Tobago 10.4% (2004 est.)
Tunisia 14.3% (2004 est.)
Turkey 10.5% (plus underemployment of 6.1%) (2004 est.)
Turkmenistan NA
Turks and Caicos Islands 10% (1997 est.)
Tuvalu NA
Uganda NA (2002 est.)
Ukraine 3.7% officially registered; large number of unregistered or underemployed workers (2004 est.)
United Arab Emirates 2.4% (2001)
United Kingdom 5% (2004 est.)
United States 6% (2004 est.)
Uruguay 16% (2004 est.)
Uzbekistan 0.5% plus another 20% underemployed (2004 est.)
Vanuatu NA
Venezuela 18% (2004 est.)
Vietnam 6.1% (2004 est.)
Virgin Islands 9.3% (2003 est.)
Wallis and Futuna NA
West Bank 50% (includes Gaza Strip) (2002 est.)
Western Sahara NA
World 30% combined unemployment and underemployment in many non-industrialized countries; developed countries typically 4%-12% unemployment
Yemen 35% (2003 est.)
Zambia 50% (2000 est.)
Zimbabwe 70% (2002 est.)

This page was last updated on 30 November, 2004


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