Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2017
Updated on February 12, 2022.

In 2017, South Africa had the highest unemployment rate (27.04%), followed by Lesotho (24.13%), and then Eswatini (22.54%). Niger had the lowest unemployment rate (0.49%) in Africa in 2017.

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 2017.

Data Source: World Bank.
Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2017 (%)
Unemployment rate of Africa for other years:
Table of Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2017
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Country Unemployment(%)
Algeria 12
Angola 7.1
Benin 2.44
Botswana 17.46
Burkina Faso 5.13
Burundi 1.48
Cape Verde 12.24
Cameroon 3.41
Republic of Congo 9.75
Ivory Coast 3.27
Democratic Republic of the Congo 4.26
Djibouti 11.18
Central African Republic 4.17
Chad 1.89
Egypt 11.74
Equatorial Guinea 8.13
Eritrea 6.5
Eswatini 22.54
Ethiopia 2.12
Gabon 19.93
Gambia 9.12
Ghana 4.22
Guinea 4.26
Guinea-Bissau 2.9
Kenya 2.69
Lesotho 24.13
Liberia 3
Libya 18.61
Madagascar 1.73
Malawi 5.7
Mali 7.41
Mauritania 10.34
Mauritius 6.75
Morocco 9.19
Mozambique 3.31
Zambia 11.63
Zimbabwe 5.15
Tanzania 2.03
Uganda 1.79
Tunisia 15.38
Togo 3.74
Sudan 17.02
Somalia 13.02
South Africa 27.04
South Sudan 12.23
Sierra Leone 4.5
Senegal 6.61
Rwanda 1.06
Niger 0.49
Nigeria 8.39
Namibia 21.57
Comoros 7.89
Sao Tome and Principe 13.26

Unemployment Rate of African Countries

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