Kuwait Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Kuwait unemployment rate for 2020 was 6.79%, a 4.38% increase from 2019.
  • Kuwait unemployment rate for 2019 was 2.41%, a 0.07% increase from 2018.
  • Kuwait unemployment rate for 2018 was 2.34%, a 0.09% increase from 2017.
  • Kuwait unemployment rate for 2017 was 2.25%, a 0.09% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Greece 16.85%
New Caledonia 16.52%
Spain 15.67%
Bahamas 14.41%
French Polynesia 13.81%
Barbados 12.79%
Uruguay 12.67%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 11.84%
Argentina 11.67%
Chile 11.51%
Puerto Rico 11.17%
Panama 10.23%
Canada 9.48%
Italy 9.31%
France 8.62%
Sweden 8.45%
Lithuania 8.43%
Brunei 8.37%
United States 8.31%
Saudi Arabia 8.22%
Latvia 8.19%
Channel Islands 8.16%
Finland 7.83%
Guam 7.51%
Cyprus 7.21%
Croatia 7.20%
Portugal 7.20%
Luxembourg 6.96%
Kuwait 6.79%
Slovak Republic 6.79%
Trinidad and Tobago 6.74%
Australia 6.61%
Estonia 6.46%
Belgium 6.01%
Ireland 5.92%
Hong Kong 5.80%
Austria 5.77%
Denmark 5.66%
Singapore 5.19%
Slovenia 5.17%
Iceland 5.01%
UAE 5.00%
Oman 4.97%
Switzerland 4.94%
Norway 4.62%
Israel 4.61%
New Zealand 4.55%
Hungary 4.35%
United Kingdom 4.34%
Germany 4.31%
Netherlands 4.09%
Malta 4.09%
Bahrain 4.09%
South Korea 4.07%
Poland 3.55%
Qatar 3.45%
Japan 2.97%
Czech Republic 2.94%
Macao 2.50%
Kuwait Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 6.79% 4.38%
2019 2.41% 0.07%
2018 2.34% 0.09%
2017 2.25% 0.09%
2016 2.16% -0.04%
2015 2.20% -0.70%
2014 2.90% 0.34%
2013 2.56% 0.26%
2012 2.30% 0.23%
2011 2.07% 0.25%
2010 1.82% 0.18%
2009 1.64% -0.11%
2008 1.75% 0.25%
2007 1.50% 0.20%
2006 1.30% -0.19%
2005 1.49% -0.21%
2004 1.70% 0.40%
2003 1.30% 0.20%
2002 1.10% 0.30%
2001 0.80% 0.00%
2000 0.80% 0.10%
1999 0.70% 0.00%
1998 0.70% 0.00%
1997 0.70% 0.00%
1996 0.70% 0.00%
1995 0.70% 0.00%
1994 0.70% -0.10%
1993 0.80% -0.01%
1992 0.81% 0.00%
1991 0.81% 0.00%