Afghanistan Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Afghanistan unemployment rate for 2021 was 13.28%, a 1.57% increase from 2020.
  • Afghanistan unemployment rate for 2020 was 11.71%, a 0.49% increase from 2019.
  • Afghanistan unemployment rate for 2019 was 11.22%, a 0.07% increase from 2018.
  • Afghanistan unemployment rate for 2018 was 11.15%, a 0.03% decline from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Somalia 19.87%
Haiti 15.73%
South Sudan 13.92%
Yemen 13.57%
Afghanistan 13.28%
Gambia 11.21%
Syrian Arab Republic 10.57%
Comoros 9.45%
Eritrea 8.05%
Tajikistan 7.75%
Mali 7.72%
Malawi 7.02%
Guinea-Bissau 6.76%
Central African Republic 6.58%
Guinea 6.34%
Democratic Republic of Congo 5.43%
Sierra Leone 5.33%
Zimbabwe 5.17%
Nepal 5.05%
Burkina Faso 4.76%
Liberia 4.10%
Togo 4.00%
Mozambique 3.98%
Senegal 3.72%
Ethiopia 3.69%
Uganda 2.94%
Tanzania 2.65%
Madagascar 2.59%
North Korea 2.59%
Chad 1.88%
Burundi 1.79%
Rwanda 1.61%
Benin 1.57%
Niger 0.75%
Afghanistan Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2021 13.28% 1.57%
2020 11.71% 0.49%
2019 11.22% 0.07%
2018 11.15% -0.03%
2017 11.18% 0.02%
2016 11.16% 0.03%
2015 11.13% -0.01%
2014 11.14% -0.05%
2013 11.19% -0.15%
2012 11.34% 0.29%
2011 11.05% -0.30%
2010 11.35% 0.04%
2009 11.31% 0.22%
2008 11.09% -0.21%
2007 11.30% 0.20%
2006 11.10% -0.12%
2005 11.22% 0.23%
2004 10.99% -0.15%
2003 11.14% -0.12%
2002 11.26% 0.45%
2001 10.81% 0.00%
2000 10.81% 0.00%
1999 10.81% 0.01%
1998 10.80% 0.02%
1997 10.78% -0.18%
1996 10.96% -0.22%
1995 11.18% 0.45%
1994 10.73% 0.00%
1993 10.72% -0.10%
1992 10.82% 0.17%
1991 10.65% 0.17%