Iran: Unemployment rate

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 Iran

Unemployment rate

 Latest value 10.96
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2022
 Average 11.18
 Min - Max 9.1 - 13.68
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Iran from 1991 to 2022. The average value for Iran during that period was 11.18 percent with a minimum of 9.1 percent in 1996 and a maximum of 13.68 percent in 2010. The latest value from 2022 is 10.96 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 176 countries is 7.45 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Iran - Unemployment rate - recent values

Historical chart
Iran - Unemployment rate - historical chart - 1991-2022




The unemployment rate in Iran and other countries is defined as the number of unemployed people as percent of the labor force. The labor force includes the people who are either employed or unemployed, i.e. who don't have a job but are actively looking for one. The labor force does not include people who are not looking for work, children, and the retired.

The unemployment rate seldom declines below 4-5 percent even during boom times. There are always people who move between different sectors of the economy or between cities. When the economy goes into recession, then unemployment can reach much higher numbers, sometimes even in the double digits.
Definition: Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Labor force 28.82 2022 million people
 Unemployment rate 10.96 2022 percent
 Female unemployment 18.03 2022 percent
 Male unemployment 9.38 2022 percent
 Youth unemployment 26.00 2022 percent
 Labor force participation 42.58 2022 percent
 Labor force: percent female 18.30 2022 percent
 Female labor force participation 15.67 2022 percent
 Male labor force participation 69.21 2022 percent
 Employment 23.78 Q3/2022 million employed people
 Unemployment rate 8.90 Q3/2022 percent
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