North Macedonia: Unemployment rate

(measure: percent; Source: The World Bank)
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North Macedonia: Unemployment rate, 1991 - 2020:

For that indicator, we provide data for North Macedonia from 1991 to 2020. The average value for North Macedonia during that period was 30.24 percent with a minimum of 17.2 percent in 2020 and a maximum of 38.8 percent in 1996. The latest value from 2020 is 17.2 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2020 based on 181 countries is 8.49 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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The unemployment rate in North Macedonia 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.
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