Unemployment Rate of Eswatini
Updated on February 12, 2022.

According to recent data from the World Bank, the total unemployment rate of Eswatini was 23.4% in 2020, a difference of +1.16 points from 2019; and the total labor force of Eswatini in 2020 was 369,124. The most recent figures on male and female unemployment rates were 20.65% and 23.97% respectively 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".

The chart and table below shows the total, male, and female unemployment rates of Eswatini for 1991-2020.

See also: Youth Unemployment Rate of Eswatini.

Data Source: World Bank.
Unemployment Rate of Eswatini (%)
Total
Male
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Unemployment Rate of Eswatini
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Year Total Unempl.(%) Male Unempl.(%) Female Unempl.(%)
1991 21.32 20.18 22.71
1992 21.42 20.21 22.91
1993 21.6 20.42 23.06
1994 21.66 20.51 23.07
1995 21.65 20.4 23.18
1996 22.08 20.13 24.46
1997 22.5 19.8 25.74
1998 23.12 20.3 26.47
1999 23.82 21.03 27.08
2000 24.4 21.7 27.51
2001 25 22.33 28.06
2002 25.74 22.85 29.01
2003 26.39 23.53 29.6
2004 26.96 24.09 30.13
2005 27.47 24.45 30.75
2006 27.85 24.83 31.08
2007 28.24 25.34 31.32
2008 27.45 24.93 30.11
2009 27.39 24.88 30.01
2010 26.82 24.28 29.46
2011 26.15 23.85 28.54
2012 25.52 23.14 27.98
2013 24.9 22.73 27.15
2014 24.14 22.29 26.08
2015 23.44 21.63 25.35
2016 22.72 21.07 24.46
2017 22.54 20.87 24.32
2018 22.37 20.69 24.17
2019 22.24 20.65 23.97
2020 23.4