Namibia: Unemployment rate

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 Namibia

Unemployment rate

 Latest value 19.99
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2022
 Average 20.98
 Min - Max 16.77 - 24.45
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Namibia from 1991 to 2022. The average value for Namibia during that period was 20.98 percent with a minimum of 16.77 percent in 2012 and a maximum of 24.45 percent in 1997. The latest value from 2022 is 19.99 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 179 countries is 7.25 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
Namibia - Unemployment rate - recent values

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Namibia - Unemployment rate - historical chart - 1991-2022




The unemployment rate in Namibia 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 0.96 2022 million people
 Unemployment rate 19.99 2022 percent
 Female unemployment 19.70 2022 percent
 Male unemployment 21.98 2022 percent
 Youth unemployment 38.41 2023 percent
 Labor force participation 59.53 2023 percent
 Labor force: percent female 49.76 2022 percent
 Female labor force participation 55.82 2023 percent
 Male labor force participation 63.66 2023 percent
 Self-employment 39.00 2022 percent
 Informal employment 55.80 2018 percent
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