Costa Rica Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Costa Rica unemployment rate for 2021 was 17.95%, a 0.54% increase from 2020.
  • Costa Rica unemployment rate for 2020 was 17.41%, a 5.92% increase from 2019.
  • Costa Rica unemployment rate for 2019 was 11.49%, a 1.86% increase from 2018.
  • Costa Rica unemployment rate for 2018 was 9.63%, a 1.49% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
South Africa 33.56%
Botswana 24.72%
Gabon 22.27%
Namibia 21.68%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 21.62%
Armenia 20.90%
Libya 19.58%
Jordan 19.25%
Montenegro 18.49%
Costa Rica 17.95%
St. Lucia 16.91%
Guyana 16.43%
North Macedonia 16.20%
Bosnia 15.22%
Lebanon 14.49%
Brazil 14.40%
Colombia 14.34%
Iraq 14.19%
Turkey 13.39%
Algeria 12.70%
Albania 11.82%
Serbia 11.81%
Iran 11.46%
Suriname 10.07%
Samoa 9.84%
Equatorial Guinea 9.25%
Jamaica 9.18%
Dominican Republic 8.50%
Belize 8.22%
Mauritius 7.41%
Paraguay 7.21%
Azerbaijan 6.58%
Ecuador 6.43%
Venezuela 6.41%
Maldives 6.08%
Bulgaria 5.42%
Fiji 5.24%
Romania 5.17%
Turkmenistan 5.08%
Russia 5.01%
Kazakhstan 4.90%
Peru 4.83%
China 4.82%
Belarus 4.74%
Malaysia 4.61%
Mexico 4.38%
Tonga 3.97%
Guatemala 3.57%
Cuba 2.76%
Thailand 1.42%
Costa Rica Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2021 17.95% 0.54%
2020 17.41% 5.92%
2019 11.49% 1.86%
2018 9.63% 1.49%
2017 8.14% -0.46%
2016 8.60% -0.40%
2015 9.00% -0.06%
2014 9.06% 0.29%
2013 8.77% -1.01%
2012 9.78% -0.36%
2011 10.14% 2.97%
2010 7.17% -0.54%
2009 7.71% 2.93%
2008 4.78% 0.29%
2007 4.49% -1.25%
2006 5.74% -0.83%
2005 6.57% 0.18%
2004 6.39% -0.17%
2003 6.56% 0.23%
2002 6.33% 0.41%
2001 5.92% 0.84%
2000 5.08% -0.82%
1999 5.90% 0.57%
1998 5.33% -0.35%
1997 5.68% -0.48%
1996 6.16% 0.98%
1995 5.18% 1.13%
1994 4.05% 0.10%
1993 3.95% 0.02%
1992 3.93% -1.44%
1991 5.37% -1.44%