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Country
Unemployment rate (%)
Afghanistan 40% (2005 est.)
Albania 14.3% official rate, but may exceed 30% (2005 est.)
Algeria 17.1% (2005 est.)
American Samoa 29.8% (2005)
Andorra 0% (1996 est.)
Angola extensive unemployment and underemployment affecting more than half the population (2001 est.)
Anguilla 8% (2002)
Antigua and Barbuda 11% (2001 est.)
Argentina 11.6% (2005 est.)
Armenia 31.6% (2004 est.)
Aruba 7.3% (2004 est.)
Australia 5.1% (2005 est.)
Austria 5.2% (2005 est.)
Azerbaijan 1.1% official rate (2005 est.)
Bahamas, The 10.2% (2005 est.)
Bahrain 15% (2005 est.)
Bangladesh 2.5% (includes underemployment) (2005 est.)
Barbados 10.7% (2003 est.)
Belarus 1.6% officially registered unemployed; large number of underemployed workers (2005)
Belgium 8.4% (2005 est.)
Belize 12.9% (2003)
Benin NA%
Bermuda 2.1% (2004 est.)
Bhutan NA%
Bolivia 8% in urban areas; widespread underemployment (2005 est.)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 45.5% official rate; grey economy may reduce actual unemployment to 25-30% (31 December 2004 est.)
Botswana 23.8% (2004)
Brazil 9.8% (2005 est.)
British Virgin Islands 3% (1995)
Brunei 4.8% (2004)
Bulgaria 11.5% (2005 est.)
Burkina Faso NA%
Burma 5% (2005 est.)
Burundi NA%
Cambodia 2.5% (2000 est.)
Cameroon 30% (2001 est.)
Canada 6.8% (2005 est.)
Cape Verde 21% (2000 est.)
Cayman Islands 4.1% (1997)
Central African Republic 8% (23% for Bangui) (2001 est.)
Chad NA%
Chile 8.1% (2005 est.)
China 9% official registered unemployment in urban areas in 2004; substantial unemployment and underemployment in rural areas; an official Chinese journal estimated overall unemployment (including rural areas) for 2003 at 20% (2005 est.)
Cocos (Keeling) Islands 60% (2000 est.)
Colombia 11.8% (2005 est.)
Comoros 20% (1996 est.)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the NA%
Congo, Republic of the NA%
Cook Islands 13% (1996)
Costa Rica 6.6% (2005 est.)
Cote d'Ivoire 13% in urban areas (1998)
Croatia 18% official rate; labor force surveys indicate unemployment around 14% (2005 est.)
Cuba 1.9% (2005 est.)
Cyprus Republic of Cyprus: 4% (2005 est.); north Cyprus: 5.6% (2004 est.)
Czech Republic 8.9% (2005 est.)
Denmark 5.7% (2005 est.)
Djibouti 50% (2004 est.)
Dominica 23% (2000 est.)
Dominican Republic 17% (2005 est.)
East Timor 50% estimated; note - unemployment in urban areas reached 20%; data do not include underemployed (2001 est.)
Ecuador 10.7% official rate; but underemployment of 47% (2005 est.)
Egypt 9.5% (2005 est.)
El Salvador 6.5% official rate; but the economy has much underemployment (2005 est.)
Equatorial Guinea 30% (1998 est.)
Eritrea NA%
Estonia 7.9% (2005 est.)
Ethiopia NA%
European Union 9.4% (2005 est.)
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) full employment; labor shortage (2001)
Faroe Islands 1% (October 2000)
Fiji 7.6% (1999)
Finland 8.4% (2005 est.)
France 9.9% (2005 est.)
French Guiana 19.2% (December 2003)
French Polynesia 11.8% (1994)
Gabon 21% (1997 est.)
Gambia, The NA%
Gaza Strip 31% (includes West Bank) (January-September 2005 avg.)
Georgia 12.6% (2004 est.)
Germany 11.7% (2005 est.)
Ghana 20% (1997 est.)
Gibraltar 2% (2001 est.)
Greece 9.9% (2005 est.)
Greenland 10% (2000 est.)
Grenada 12.5% (2000)
Guadeloupe 26.9% (2003)
Guam 11.4% (2002 est.)
Guatemala 7.5% (2003 est.)
Guernsey 0.5% (1999 est.)
Guinea NA%
Guinea-Bissau NA%
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 28% (2005 est.)
Hong Kong 5.5% (2005 est.)
Hungary 7.2% (2005 est.)
Iceland 2.1% (2005 est.)
India 8.9% (2005 est.)
Indonesia 11.8% (2005 est.)
Iran 11.2% (2004 est.)
Iraq 25% to 30% (2005 est.)
Ireland 4.3% (2005 est.)
Isle of Man 0.6% (2004 est.)
Israel 9% (2005 est.)
Italy 7.7% (2005 est.)
Jamaica 11.5% (2005 est.)
Japan 4.4% (2005 est.)
Jersey 0.9% (2004 est.)
Jordan 12.5% official rate; unofficial rate is approximately 30% (2004 est.)
Kazakhstan 8.1% (2005 est.)
Kenya 40% (2001 est.)
Kiribati 2% official rate; underemployment 70% (1992 est.)
Korea, North NA%
Korea, South 3.7% (2005 est.)
Kuwait 2.2% (2004 est.)
Kyrgyzstan 18% (2004 est.)
Laos 2.4% (2005 est.)
Latvia 7.5% (2005 est.)
Lebanon 18% (1997 est.)
Lesotho 45% (2002)
Liberia 85% (2003 est.)
Libya 30% (2004 est.)
Liechtenstein 1.3% (September 2002)
Lithuania 4.8% (2005 est.)
Luxembourg 4.5% (2005 est.)
Macau 4.1% (3rd Quarter 2005)
Macedonia 37.3% (2005 est.)
Malawi NA%
Malaysia 3.6% (2005 est.)
Maldives NEGL% (2003 est.)
Mali 14.6% (2001 est.)
Malta 7.8% (2005 est.)
Marshall Islands 30.9% (2000 est.)
Martinique 27.2% (1998)
Mauritania 20% (2004 est.)
Mauritius 9.6% (2005 est.)
Mayotte 32.8% (2003)
Mexico 3.6% plus underemployment of perhaps 25% (2005 est.)
Micronesia, Federated States of 22% (2000 est.)
Moldova 8%; note - roughly 25% of working age Moldovans are employed abroad (2002 est.)
Monaco 22% (1999)
Mongolia 6.7% (2003)
Montenegro 27.7% (2005)
Montserrat 6% (1998 est.)
Morocco 11% (2005 est.)
Mozambique 21% (1997 est.)
Namibia 35% (1998)
Nauru 90% (2004 est.)
Nepal 42% (2004 est.)
Netherlands 6.6% (2005 est.)
Netherlands Antilles 17% (2002 est.)
New Caledonia 17.1% (2004)
New Zealand 3.7% (2005 est.)
Nicaragua 5.6% plus underemployment of 46.5% (2005 est.)
Niger NA%
Nigeria 2.9% (2005 est.)
Niue NA%
Norfolk Island 0%
Northern Mariana Islands NA%
Norway 4.6% (2005 est.)
Oman 15% (2004 est.)
Pakistan 6.6% plus substantial underemployment (2005 est.)
Palau 4.2% (2005 est.)
Panama 9.8% (2005 est.)
Papua New Guinea up to 80% in urban areas (2005)
Paraguay 16% (2005 est.)
Peru 7.6% in metropolitan Lima; widespread underemployment (2005 est.)
Philippines 8.7% (2005 est.)
Poland 18.2% (2005 est.)
Portugal 7.6% (2005 est.)
Puerto Rico 12% (2002)
Qatar 2.7% (2001)
Reunion 31% (2002)
Romania 5.9% (2005 est.)
Russia 7.6% plus considerable underemployment (2005 est.)
Rwanda NA%
Saint Helena 14% (1998 est.)
Saint Kitts and Nevis 4.5% (1997)
Saint Lucia 20% (2003 est.)
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 10.3% (1999)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 15% (2001 est.)
Samoa NA%
San Marino 2.6% (2001)
Sao Tome and Principe NA%
Saudi Arabia 13% among Saudi males only (local bank estimate; some estimates range as high as 25%) (2004 est.)
Senegal 48%; note - urban youth 40% (2001 est.)
Serbia 31.6%
note: unemployment is approximately 50% in Kosovo (2005)
Seychelles NA%
Sierra Leone NA%
Singapore 3.1% (2005 est.)
Slovakia 11.7% (2005 est.)
Slovenia 10.1% (2005 est.)
Solomon Islands NA%
Somalia NA%
South Africa 26.6% (2005 est.)
Spain 9.2% (2005 est.)
Sri Lanka 7.7% (2005 est.)
Sudan 18.7% (2002 est.)
Suriname 9.5% (2004)
Swaziland 40% (2005 est.)
Sweden 5.8% (2005 est.)
Switzerland 3.8% (2005 est.)
Syria 12.3% (2004 est.)
Taiwan 4.1% (2005 est.)
Tajikistan 12% (2004 est.)
Tanzania NA%
Thailand 1.8% (2005 est.)
Togo NA%
Tokelau NA%
Tonga 13% (FY03/04 est.)
Trinidad and Tobago 8% (2005 est.)
Tunisia 14.2% (2005 est.)
Turkey 10.2% plus underemployment of 4% (2005 est.)
Turkmenistan 60% (2004 est.)
Turks and Caicos Islands 10% (1997 est.)
Tuvalu NA%
Uganda NA%
Ukraine 3.1% officially registered; large number of unregistered or underemployed workers; the International Labor Organization calculates that Ukraine's real unemployment level is around 9-10% (2005 est.)
United Arab Emirates 2.4% (2001)
United Kingdom 4.7% (2005 est.)
United States 5.1% (2005 est.)
Uruguay 12.2% (2005 est.)
Uzbekistan 0.7% officially, plus another 20% underemployed (2005 est.)
Vanuatu NA%
Venezuela 12.2% (2005 est.)
Vietnam 2.4% (2005 est.)
Virgin Islands 6.2% (2004)
Wallis and Futuna NA%
West Bank 19.9% (includes Gaza Strip) (January-September 2005)
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 80% (2005 est.)

This page was last updated on 17 October, 2006


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