Afghanistan Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Afghanistan unemployment rate for 2020 was 11.73%, a 0.75% increase from 2019.
  • Afghanistan unemployment rate for 2019 was 10.98%, a 0.08% decline from 2018.
  • Afghanistan unemployment rate for 2018 was 11.06%, a 0.12% decline from 2017.
  • Afghanistan unemployment rate for 2017 was 11.18%, a 0.13% decline from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Haiti 14.50%
Yemen 13.42%
Somalia 13.10%
South Sudan 12.66%
Afghanistan 11.73%
Gambia 9.64%
Syrian Arab Republic 9.03%
Comoros 8.43%
Mali 7.50%
Tajikistan 7.50%
Eritrea 7.44%
Senegal 7.10%
Malawi 5.99%
Zimbabwe 5.73%
Burkina Faso 4.96%
Sierra Leone 4.60%
Congo, Dem. Rep. 4.55%
Nepal 4.44%
Guinea 4.35%
Central African Republic 4.33%
Togo 4.05%
Mozambique 3.39%
Liberia 3.30%
Guinea-Bissau 3.16%
North Korea 2.81%
Ethiopia 2.79%
Benin 2.54%
Uganda 2.44%
Chad 2.26%
Tanzania 2.16%
Madagascar 1.92%
Rwanda 1.35%
Burundi 0.80%
Niger 0.69%
Afghanistan Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 11.73% 0.75%
2019 10.98% -0.08%
2018 11.06% -0.12%
2017 11.18% -0.13%
2016 11.31% -0.08%
2015 11.39% -0.06%
2014 11.45% -0.09%
2013 11.54% 0.02%
2012 11.52% 0.01%
2011 11.51% -0.01%
2010 11.52% 0.06%
2009 11.46% 0.35%
2008 11.11% -0.07%
2007 11.18% -0.16%
2006 11.34% -0.18%
2005 11.52% -0.09%
2004 11.61% -0.07%
2003 11.68% 0.00%
2002 11.68% 0.05%
2001 11.63% -0.02%
2000 11.65% -0.04%
1999 11.69% 0.05%
1998 11.64% 0.00%
1997 11.64% -0.01%
1996 11.65% 0.00%
1995 11.65% 0.00%
1994 11.65% 0.04%
1993 11.61% 0.15%
1992 11.46% 0.08%
1991 11.38% 0.08%