Malawi Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Malawi unemployment rate for 2020 was 5.99%, a 0.43% increase from 2019.
  • Malawi unemployment rate for 2019 was 5.56%, a 0.06% decline from 2018.
  • Malawi unemployment rate for 2018 was 5.62%, a 0.08% decline from 2017.
  • Malawi unemployment rate for 2017 was 5.70%, a 0.09% 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%
Tajikistan 7.50%
Mali 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%
Malawi Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 5.99% 0.43%
2019 5.56% -0.06%
2018 5.62% -0.08%
2017 5.70% -0.09%
2016 5.79% -0.06%
2015 5.85% -0.04%
2014 5.89% -0.06%
2013 5.95% 0.01%
2012 5.94% 0.01%
2011 5.93% -0.01%
2010 5.94% 0.05%
2009 5.89% 0.24%
2008 5.65% -0.05%
2007 5.70% -0.11%
2006 5.81% -0.12%
2005 5.93% -0.07%
2004 6.00% -0.05%
2003 6.05% 0.00%
2002 6.05% 0.04%
2001 6.01% -0.02%
2000 6.03% -0.03%
1999 6.06% 0.04%
1998 6.02% 0.00%
1997 6.02% -0.01%
1996 6.03% 0.00%
1995 6.03% 0.00%
1994 6.03% 0.03%
1993 6.00% 0.10%
1992 5.90% 0.06%
1991 5.84% 0.06%