New Zealand Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • New Zealand unemployment rate for 2021 was 4.12%, a 0.47% decline from 2020.
  • New Zealand unemployment rate for 2020 was 4.59%, a 0.48% increase from 2019.
  • New Zealand unemployment rate for 2019 was 4.11%, a 0.22% decline from 2018.
  • New Zealand unemployment rate for 2018 was 4.33%, a 0.41% decline from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Unemployment Rate (%)
New Caledonia 16.57%
Greece 14.80%
Spain 14.73%
French Polynesia 14.39%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 13.27%
Bahamas 13.24%
Panama 12.09%
Argentina 10.90%
Uruguay 10.45%
Barbados 10.41%
Italy 9.83%
Chile 9.13%
Croatia 8.68%
Sweden 8.66%
Puerto Rico 8.27%
France 8.06%
Lithuania 7.90%
Brunei 7.65%
Latvia 7.60%
Finland 7.53%
Canada 7.51%
Channel Islands 7.37%
Saudi Arabia 7.36%
Guam 6.98%
Slovak Republic 6.74%
Portugal 6.65%
Ireland 6.63%
Belgium 6.42%
Estonia 6.33%
Austria 6.30%
Cyprus 6.13%
United States 5.46%
Iceland 5.40%
Switzerland 5.32%
Hong Kong 5.32%
Luxembourg 5.23%
Australia 5.11%
Israel 5.05%
Norway 4.99%
Trinidad and Tobago 4.81%
Denmark 4.80%
United Kingdom 4.53%
Slovenia 4.42%
New Zealand 4.12%
Hungary 4.12%
Netherlands 4.01%
Kuwait 3.71%
Singapore 3.62%
Germany 3.54%
South Korea 3.53%
Malta 3.50%
Poland 3.37%
UAE 3.36%
Oman 3.12%
Macao 3.01%
Czech Republic 2.89%
Japan 2.80%
Bahrain 1.87%
Qatar 0.26%
New Zealand Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2021 4.12% -0.47%
2020 4.59% 0.48%
2019 4.11% -0.22%
2018 4.33% -0.41%
2017 4.74% -0.41%
2016 5.15% -0.26%
2015 5.41% -0.02%
2014 5.43% -0.41%
2013 5.84% -1.09%
2012 6.93% 0.44%
2011 6.49% -0.07%
2010 6.56% 0.44%
2009 6.12% 1.95%
2008 4.17% 0.51%
2007 3.66% -0.20%
2006 3.86% 0.05%
2005 3.81% -0.20%
2004 4.01% -0.74%
2003 4.75% -0.53%
2002 5.28% -0.15%
2001 5.43% -0.70%
2000 6.13% -0.89%
1999 7.02% -0.70%
1998 7.72% 0.86%
1997 6.86% 0.57%
1996 6.29% -0.17%
1995 6.46% -1.89%
1994 8.35% -1.45%
1993 9.80% -0.87%
1992 10.67% 0.06%
1991 10.61% 0.06%