Malaysia Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Malaysia unemployment rate for 2021 was 4.61%, a 0.11% increase from 2020.
  • Malaysia unemployment rate for 2020 was 4.50%, a 1.24% increase from 2019.
  • Malaysia unemployment rate for 2019 was 3.26%, a 0.04% decline from 2018.
  • Malaysia unemployment rate for 2018 was 3.30%, a 0.11% decline from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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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%
Malaysia Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2021 4.61% 0.11%
2020 4.50% 1.24%
2019 3.26% -0.04%
2018 3.30% -0.11%
2017 3.41% -0.03%
2016 3.44% 0.34%
2015 3.10% 0.22%
2014 2.88% -0.28%
2013 3.16% 0.06%
2012 3.10% 0.05%
2011 3.05% -0.34%
2010 3.39% -0.27%
2009 3.66% 0.34%
2008 3.32% 0.09%
2007 3.23% -0.08%
2006 3.31% -0.22%
2005 3.53% -0.01%
2004 3.54% -0.07%
2003 3.61% 0.13%
2002 3.48% -0.05%
2001 3.53% 0.53%
2000 3.00% -0.43%
1999 3.43% 0.23%
1998 3.20% 0.75%
1997 2.45% -0.07%
1996 2.52% -0.63%
1995 3.15% -0.50%
1994 3.65% -0.46%
1993 4.11% 0.40%
1992 3.71% 0.06%
1991 3.65% 0.06%