North Korea Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2021 was 2.59%, a 0.33% decline from 2020.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2020 was 2.92%, a 0.33% increase from 2019.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2019 was 2.59%, a 0.03% decline from 2018.
  • North Korea unemployment rate for 2018 was 2.63%, a 0.07% decline from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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North Korea Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2021 2.59% -0.33%
2020 2.92% 0.33%
2019 2.59% -0.03%
2018 2.63% -0.07%
2017 2.70% -0.06%
2016 2.76% 0.01%
2015 2.74% 0.00%
2014 2.74% -0.06%
2013 2.80% 0.00%
2012 2.81% 0.02%
2011 2.78% 0.07%
2010 2.71% -0.07%
2009 2.78% 0.01%
2008 2.77% -0.04%
2007 2.82% 0.01%
2006 2.81% -0.03%
2005 2.84% -0.02%
2004 2.86% -0.05%
2003 2.91% 0.01%
2002 2.90% -0.04%
2001 2.94% 0.01%
2000 2.93% -0.03%
1999 2.97% 0.14%
1998 2.83% 0.15%
1997 2.68% 0.08%
1996 2.60% 0.05%
1995 2.55% 0.01%
1994 2.54% 0.12%
1993 2.42% 0.11%
1992 2.31% 0.01%
1991 2.30% 0.01%