Ethiopia Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Ethiopia unemployment rate for 2020 was 2.79%, a 0.75% increase from 2019.
  • Ethiopia unemployment rate for 2019 was 2.04%, a 0.03% decline from 2018.
  • Ethiopia unemployment rate for 2018 was 2.07%, a 0.05% decline from 2017.
  • Ethiopia unemployment rate for 2017 was 2.12%, a 0.05% 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%
Ethiopia Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 2.79% 0.75%
2019 2.04% -0.03%
2018 2.07% -0.05%
2017 2.12% -0.05%
2016 2.17% -0.03%
2015 2.20% -0.02%
2014 2.22% -0.03%
2013 2.25% -0.03%
2012 2.28% -0.02%
2011 2.30% -0.04%
2010 2.34% -0.01%
2009 2.35% 0.11%
2008 2.24% -0.05%
2007 2.29% -0.10%
2006 2.39% -0.11%
2005 2.50% -0.21%
2004 2.71% -0.21%
2003 2.92% -0.19%
2002 3.11% -0.17%
2001 3.28% -0.21%
2000 3.49% -0.22%
1999 3.71% 0.15%
1998 3.56% 0.12%
1997 3.44% 0.11%
1996 3.33% 0.12%
1995 3.21% 0.11%
1994 3.10% 0.02%
1993 3.08% 0.07%
1992 3.01% 0.05%
1991 2.96% 0.05%