Afghanistan Unemployment Rate 1991-2024

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 11.71%, a 0.63% increase from 2019.
  • Afghanistan unemployment rate for 2019 was 11.09%, a 0.02% decline from 2018.
  • Afghanistan unemployment rate for 2018 was 11.11%, a 0.07% decline from 2017.
  • Afghanistan unemployment rate for 2017 was 11.18%, a 1.09% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Somalia 19.57%
Haiti 15.09%
South Sudan 13.75%
Yemen 13.58%
Nepal 13.08%
Rwanda 13.01%
Afghanistan 11.71%
Syrian Arab Republic 10.01%
Comoros 9.03%
Zimbabwe 7.90%
Tajikistan 7.49%
Eritrea 7.28%
Central African Republic 6.38%
Guinea 5.95%
Malawi 5.68%
Democratic Republic of Congo 5.13%
Gambia 5.10%
Burkina Faso 5.06%
Uganda 4.51%
Ethiopia 4.13%
Togo 4.03%
Liberia 3.84%
Mozambique 3.78%
Guinea-Bissau 3.61%
Sierra Leone 3.57%
Mali 3.53%
Senegal 3.51%
North Korea 3.06%
Tanzania 2.78%
Madagascar 2.36%
Benin 1.67%
Chad 1.65%
Burundi 1.03%
Niger 0.68%
Afghanistan Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 11.71% 0.63%
2019 11.09% -0.02%
2018 11.11% -0.07%
2017 11.18% 1.09%
2016 10.09% 1.10%
2015 8.99% 1.08%
2014 7.91% -0.04%
2013 7.95% -0.07%
2012 8.02% 0.07%
2011 7.95% -0.12%
2010 8.07% -0.01%
2009 8.08% 0.06%
2008 8.02% -0.09%
2007 8.11% 0.05%
2006 8.05% -0.06%
2005 8.11% 0.06%
2004 8.05% -0.07%
2003 8.12% -0.06%
2002 8.19% 0.15%
2001 8.04% -0.01%
2000 8.05% -0.02%
1999 8.07% -0.01%
1998 8.08% -0.01%
1997 8.09% -0.08%
1996 8.17% -0.10%
1995 8.26% 0.15%
1994 8.11% -0.01%
1993 8.12% -0.04%
1992 8.17% 0.05%
1991 8.12% 0.05%