Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2019
Updated on February 12, 2022.

In 2019, South Africa had the highest unemployment rate (28.47%), followed by Lesotho (23.86%), and then Eswatini (22.24%). Niger had the lowest unemployment rate (0.46%) in Africa in 2019.

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 2019.

Data Source: World Bank.
Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2019 (%)
Unemployment rate of Africa for other years:
Table of Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2019
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Country Unemployment(%)
Algeria 11.81
Angola 6.93
Benin 2.32
Botswana 17.21
Burkina Faso 4.62
Burundi 1.42
Cape Verde 12.07
Cameroon 3.32
Republic of Congo 9.6
Ivory Coast 3.17
Democratic Republic of the Congo 4.13
Djibouti 10.97
Central African Republic 4.04
Chad 1.91
Egypt 9.73
Equatorial Guinea 7.95
Eritrea 6.34
Eswatini 22.24
Ethiopia 2.04
Gabon 19.64
Gambia 8.94
Ghana 4.12
Guinea 4.14
Guinea-Bissau 2.79
Kenya 2.6
Lesotho 23.86
Liberia 2.89
Libya 18.34
Madagascar 1.67
Malawi 5.56
Mali 7.24
Mauritania 10.13
Mauritius 6.36
Morocco 9.01
Mozambique 3.19
Zambia 11.91
Zimbabwe 5.02
Tanzania 1.96
Uganda 1.72
Tunisia 15.13
Togo 3.6
Sudan 16.76
Somalia 12.79
South Africa 28.47
South Sudan 12.01
Sierra Leone 4.36
Senegal 6.47
Rwanda 0.99
Niger 0.46
Nigeria 8.53
Namibia 19.75
Comoros 7.7
Sao Tome and Principe 13.05

Unemployment Rate of African Countries

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