Saudi Arabia Unemployment Rate 1991-2024

Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Saudi Arabia unemployment rate for 2022 was 5.64%, a 1.06% decline from 2021.
  • Saudi Arabia unemployment rate for 2021 was 6.69%, a 0.76% decline from 2020.
  • Saudi Arabia unemployment rate for 2020 was 7.45%, a 1.81% increase from 2019.
  • Saudi Arabia unemployment rate for 2019 was 5.64%, a 0.39% decline from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

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Argentina 6.49%
Latvia 6.43%
Guam 6.13%
Slovak Republic 6.09%
Puerto Rico 5.97%
Estonia 5.85%
Portugal 5.78%
Saudi Arabia 5.64%
Belgium 5.63%
Lithuania 5.57%
Canada 5.21%
Hong Kong 5.06%
Austria 4.71%
Luxembourg 4.70%
Ireland 4.36%
Switzerland 4.20%
Slovenia 4.18%
Denmark 4.17%
Trinidad and Tobago 3.98%
Iceland 3.81%
Australia 3.66%
United States 3.61%
United Kingdom 3.57%
Netherlands 3.54%
Israel 3.48%
Hungary 3.42%
New Zealand 3.25%
Norway 3.17%
Germany 2.99%
Malta 2.81%
South Korea 2.79%
Singapore 2.76%
UAE 2.75%
Japan 2.64%
Macao 2.63%
Poland 2.60%
Kuwait 2.48%
Czech Republic 2.37%
Oman 2.33%
Bahrain 1.40%
Qatar 0.10%
Saudi Arabia Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year Unemployment Rate (%) Annual Change
2022 5.64% -1.06%
2021 6.69% -0.76%
2020 7.45% 1.81%
2019 5.64% -0.39%
2018 6.03% 0.14%
2017 5.89% 0.29%
2016 5.60% 0.00%
2015 5.60% -0.12%
2014 5.72% 0.12%
2013 5.60% 0.08%
2012 5.52% -0.25%
2011 5.77% 0.22%
2010 5.55% 0.17%
2009 5.38% 0.30%
2008 5.08% -0.65%
2007 5.73% -0.52%
2006 6.25% 0.20%
2005 6.05% 0.23%
2004 5.82% 0.26%
2003 5.56% 0.29%
2002 5.27% 0.65%
2001 4.62% 0.05%
2000 4.57% 0.22%
1999 4.35% -0.36%
1998 4.71% -0.43%
1997 5.15% -0.40%
1996 5.55% -0.44%
1995 5.99% -0.42%
1994 6.41% -0.44%
1993 6.85% -0.35%
1992 7.20% 0.13%
1991 7.07% 0.13%