Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2020
Updated on February 12, 2022.

In 2020, South Africa had the highest unemployment rate (28.74%), followed by Lesotho (24.65%), and then Eswatini (23.4%). Niger had the lowest unemployment rate (0.69%) in Africa in 2020.

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 2020.

Data Source: World Bank.
Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2020 (%)
Unemployment rate of Africa for other years:
Table of Unemployment Rate of African Countries in 2020
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Country Unemployment(%)
Algeria 12.83
Angola 7.7
Benin 2.54
Botswana 17.7
Burkina Faso 4.96
Burundi 0.8
Cape Verde 13.41
Cameroon 3.62
Republic of Congo 10.27
Ivory Coast 3.5
Democratic Republic of the Congo 4.55
Djibouti 11.57
Central African Republic 4.33
Chad 2.26
Egypt 10.45
Equatorial Guinea 9.15
Eritrea 7.44
Eswatini 23.4
Ethiopia 2.79
Gabon 20.47
Gambia 9.64
Ghana 4.53
Guinea 4.35
Guinea-Bissau 3.16
Kenya 2.98
Lesotho 24.65
Liberia 3.3
Libya 19.39
Madagascar 1.92
Malawi 5.99
Mali 7.5
Mauritania 10.66
Mauritius 7.11
Morocco 10.15
Mozambique 3.39
Zambia 12.17
Zimbabwe 5.73
Tanzania 2.16
Uganda 2.44
Tunisia 16.69
Togo 4.05
Sudan 17.71
Somalia 13.1
South Africa 28.74
South Sudan 12.66
Sierra Leone 4.6
Senegal 7.1
Rwanda 1.35
Niger 0.69
Nigeria 9.01
Namibia 20.35
Comoros 8.43
Sao Tome and Principe 13.86

Unemployment Rate of African Countries

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