Republic of the Congo: Unemployment rate

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 Republic of the Congo

Unemployment rate

 Latest value 20.48
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2022
 Average 20.22
 Min - Max 19.20 - 22.67
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for the Republic of the Congo from 1991 to 2022. The average value for the Republic of the Congo during that period was 20.22 percent with a minimum of 19.2 percent in 2010 and a maximum of 22.67 percent in 2020. The latest value from 2022 is 20.48 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
Republic of the Congo - Unemployment rate - Recent values chart

Historical chart
Republic of the Congo - Unemployment rate - historical chart - 1991-2022




The unemployment rate in the Republic of the Congo 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 2.38 2022 million people
 Unemployment rate 20.48 2022 percent
 Female unemployment 23.17 2022 percent
 Male unemployment 20.43 2022 percent
 Youth unemployment 40.90 2023 percent
 Labor force participation 67.86 2023 percent
 Labor force: percent female 49.86 2022 percent
 Female labor force participation 66.90 2023 percent
 Male labor force participation 68.83 2023 percent
 Self-employment 75.77 2022 percent
 Informal employment 85.30 2009 percent
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