Puerto Rico Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Puerto Rico unemployment rate for 2021 was 8.27%, a 0.62% decline from 2020.
  • Puerto Rico unemployment rate for 2020 was 8.89%, a 0.59% increase from 2019.
  • Puerto Rico unemployment rate for 2019 was 8.30%, a 0.9% decline from 2018.
  • Puerto Rico unemployment rate for 2018 was 9.20%, a 1.6% 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%
Puerto Rico Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2021 8.27% -0.62%
2020 8.89% 0.59%
2019 8.30% -0.90%
2018 9.20% -1.60%
2017 10.80% -1.00%
2016 11.80% -0.20%
2015 12.00% -1.90%
2014 13.90% -0.40%
2013 14.30% -0.20%
2012 14.50% -1.20%
2011 15.70% -0.40%
2010 16.10% 1.10%
2009 15.00% 3.52%
2008 11.48% 0.55%
2007 10.93% -0.08%
2006 11.01% -0.34%
2005 11.35% 1.04%
2004 10.31% -1.47%
2003 11.78% -0.16%
2002 11.94% 0.54%
2001 11.40% 1.32%
2000 10.08% -1.73%
1999 11.81% -1.65%
1998 13.46% -0.34%
1997 13.80% 0.16%
1996 13.64% -0.29%
1995 13.93% -0.67%
1994 14.60% -2.31%
1993 16.91% -0.02%
1992 16.93% 0.75%
1991 16.18% 0.75%