Unemployment Rate of Zambia
Updated on February 12, 2022.

According to recent data from the World Bank, the total unemployment rate of Zambia was 12.17% in 2020, a difference of +0.26 points from 2019; and the total labor force of Zambia in 2020 was 7,636,530. The most recent figures on male and female unemployment rates were 10.81% and 13.09% 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 Zambia for 1991-2020.

See also: Youth Unemployment Rate of Zambia.

Data Source: World Bank.
Unemployment Rate of Zambia (%)
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Unemployment Rate of Zambia
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Year Total Unempl.(%) Male Unempl.(%) Female Unempl.(%)
1991 18.9 16.08 22.1
1992 19.26 17.4 21.36
1993 19.7 18.9 20.6
1994 18.22 17.92 18.56
1995 16.72 16.16 17.35
1996 15.3 14.83 15.83
1997 13.59 13.66 13.52
1998 12 12.45 11.49
1999 12.5 13.32 11.59
2000 12.93 14.27 11.43
2001 13.5 14.77 12.09
2002 14.18 15.32 12.9
2003 14.8 15.7 13.81
2004 15.37 16.1 14.56
2005 15.9 16.49 15.24
2006 12.87 13.23 12.47
2007 10.2 10.46 9.91
2008 7.93 8.13 7.71
2009 10.5 10.52 10.48
2010 13.19 12.97 13.44
2011 10.34 10.21 10.48
2012 7.85 7.74 7.97
2013 8.61 8.4 8.84
2014 9.34 9 9.7
2015 10.1 9.59 10.66
2016 10.88 10.21 11.61
2017 11.63 10.75 12.57
2018 12.01 10.85 13.24
2019 11.91 10.81 13.09
2020 12.17