North Korea Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2020 was 2.81%, a 0.19% increase from 2019.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2019 was 2.62%, a 0.04% decline from 2018.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2018 was 2.66%, a 0.06% decline from 2017.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2017 was 2.72%, a 0.07% decline from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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North Korea Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2020 2.81% 0.19%
2019 2.62% -0.04%
2018 2.66% -0.06%
2017 2.72% -0.07%
2016 2.79% -0.04%
2015 2.83% -0.03%
2014 2.86% -0.05%
2013 2.91% 0.01%
2012 2.90% 0.00%
2011 2.90% 0.00%
2010 2.90% 0.03%
2009 2.87% 0.18%
2008 2.69% -0.03%
2007 2.72% -0.08%
2006 2.80% -0.10%
2005 2.90% -0.05%
2004 2.95% -0.04%
2003 2.99% 0.00%
2002 2.99% 0.03%
2001 2.96% -0.01%
2000 2.97% -0.02%
1999 2.99% 0.03%
1998 2.96% 0.00%
1997 2.96% -0.01%
1996 2.97% 0.00%
1995 2.97% 0.00%
1994 2.97% 0.02%
1993 2.95% 0.08%
1992 2.87% 0.04%
1991 2.83% 0.04%