Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2016
Updated on February 12, 2022.

In 2016, South Africa had the highest unemployment rate (26.54%), followed by Lesotho (24.3%), and then Namibia (23.35%). Niger had the lowest unemployment rate (0.51%) in Africa in 2016.

The World Bank defines unemployment rate as "the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment".

See also: Youth Unemployment Rates of African Countries in 2016.

Data Source: World Bank.
Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2016 (%)
Unemployment rate of Africa for other years:
Table of Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2016
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Country Unemployment(%)
Algeria 10.2
Angola 7.2
Benin 2.52
Botswana 17.62
Burkina Faso 5.6
Burundi 1.53
Cape Verde 12.1
Cameroon 3.47
Republic of Congo 9.85
Ivory Coast 2.6
Democratic Republic of the Congo 4.35
Djibouti 11.31
Central African Republic 4.25
Chad 1.89
Egypt 12.41
Equatorial Guinea 8.24
Eritrea 6.6
Eswatini 22.72
Ethiopia 2.17
Gabon 20.11
Gambia 9.24
Ghana 5.45
Guinea 4.33
Guinea-Bissau 2.97
Kenya 2.76
Lesotho 24.3
Liberia 3.08
Libya 18.77
Madagascar 1.76
Malawi 5.79
Mali 7.6
Mauritania 10.31
Mauritius 6.81
Morocco 9.3
Mozambique 3.38
Zambia 10.88
Zimbabwe 5.24
Tanzania 2.08
Uganda 1.83
Tunisia 15.51
Togo 2.95
Sudan 17.19
Somalia 13.17
South Africa 26.54
South Sudan 12.37
Sierra Leone 4.59
Senegal 6.7
Rwanda 1.11
Niger 0.51
Nigeria 7.06
Namibia 23.35
Comoros 8.01
Sao Tome and Principe 13.39

Unemployment Rate of African Countries

Use the links below to see the unemployment rate of African countries.