Nigeria Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Nigeria unemployment rate for 2021 was 9.79%, a 0.07% increase from 2020.
  • Nigeria unemployment rate for 2020 was 9.71%, a 1.18% increase from 2019.
  • Nigeria unemployment rate for 2019 was 8.53%, a 0.07% increase from 2018.
  • Nigeria unemployment rate for 2018 was 8.46%, a 0.07% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
Djibouti 28.39%
Eswatini 25.76%
West Bank and Gaza 24.90%
Lesotho 24.60%
Republic of Congo 23.01%
Sudan 19.81%
Tunisia 16.82%
Sao Tome and Principe 15.91%
Cabo Verde 15.42%
Zambia 13.03%
Morocco 11.47%
Mauritania 11.46%
Georgia 10.66%
Nigeria 9.79%
Egypt 9.33%
Kyrgyz Republic 9.10%
Ukraine 8.88%
Angola 8.53%
Honduras 8.51%
Bolivia 8.51%
Uzbekistan 7.16%
Mongolia 7.08%
India 5.98%
Nicaragua 5.96%
El Salvador 5.94%
Kenya 5.74%
Sri Lanka 5.40%
Bangladesh 5.23%
Timor-Leste 5.07%
Ghana 4.70%
Indonesia 4.41%
Pakistan 4.35%
Bhutan 4.33%
Moldova 3.96%
Cameroon 3.87%
Papua New Guinea 2.75%
Philippines 2.41%
Vanuatu 2.18%
Myanmar 2.17%
Vietnam 2.17%
Lao PDR 1.26%
Solomon Islands 1.03%
Cambodia 0.61%
Nigeria Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2021 9.79% 0.07%
2020 9.71% 1.18%
2019 8.53% 0.07%
2018 8.46% 0.07%
2017 8.39% 1.33%
2016 7.06% 2.75%
2015 4.31% -0.25%
2014 4.56% 0.86%
2013 3.70% -0.04%
2012 3.74% -0.03%
2011 3.77% -0.01%
2010 3.78% -0.02%
2009 3.80% -0.02%
2008 3.82% -0.02%
2007 3.84% -0.02%
2006 3.86% -0.02%
2005 3.87% 0.00%
2004 3.88% -0.02%
2003 3.90% 0.02%
2002 3.88% -0.05%
2001 3.94% -0.02%
2000 3.95% -0.04%
1999 3.99% -0.01%
1998 4.00% -0.02%
1997 4.02% -0.01%
1996 4.03% -0.03%
1995 4.06% -0.02%
1994 4.09% -0.02%
1993 4.10% 0.01%
1992 4.09% -0.03%
1991 4.12% -0.03%