Kenya Unemployment Rate

1991 - 2020 | Yearly | % | CEIC Data

Key information about Kenya Unemployment Rate

  • Kenya Unemployment Rate increased to 2.98% in Dec 2020, from the previously reported figure of 2.60% in Dec 2019.
  • Kenya Unemployment Rate is updated yearly, available from Dec 1991 to Dec 2020, with an average rate of 2.86%.
  • The data reached an all-time high of 2.98% in Dec 2020 and a record low of 2.60% in Dec 2019.
  • The data is reported by reported by CEIC Data.
  • In the latest reports, Kenya Population reached 47.56 million people in Dec 2019.


View Kenya's Unemployment Rate from 1991 to 2020 in the chart:

Kenya Unemployment Rate

What was Kenya's Unemployment Rate in 2020?

Kenya Unemployment Rate increased to 2.98% in Dec 2020, from the previously reported figure of 2.60% in Dec 2019. See the table below for more data.

Last Previous Min Max Unit Frequency Range
2.98 2020 2.60 2019 2.60 2019 2.98 2020 % yearly 1991 - 2020

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country/region Last Frequency Range
Albania (%) 11.30 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2022
Algeria (%) 11.71 Sep 2017 quarterly Mar 2014 - Sep 2017
Argentina (%) 7.00 Dec 2021 quarterly Jun 1990 - Dec 2021
Armenia (%) 14.50 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2008 - Dec 2021
Australia (%) 3.90 May 2022 monthly Feb 1978 - May 2022
Austria (%) 4.35 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 1993 - Apr 2022
Azerbaijan (%) 5.94 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2008 - Mar 2022
Bahrain (%) 4.30 2016 yearly 1991 - 2016
Bangladesh (%) 5.30 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Belarus (%) 0.20 Feb 2022 monthly Oct 2004 - Feb 2022
Belgium (%) 5.70 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 1983 - Apr 2022
Bolivia (%) 3.40 2017 yearly 1999 - 2017
Bosnia and Herzegovina (%) 15.90 2020 yearly 2006 - 2020
Botswana (%) 24.72 2021 yearly 1991 - 2021
Brazil (%) 10.50 Apr 2022 monthly Mar 2012 - Apr 2022
Brunei (%) 7.65 2021 yearly 1991 - 2021
Bulgaria (%) 4.90 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2000 - Mar 2022
Cambodia (%) 2.40 2020 yearly 2020 - 2020
Canada (%) 5.10 May 2022 monthly Jan 1976 - May 2022
Chile (%) 7.75 Apr 2022 monthly Mar 2009 - Apr 2022
China (%) 5.80 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2017 - Mar 2022
Colombia (%) 12.12 Mar 2022 monthly Jan 2021 - Mar 2022
Croatia (%) 6.40 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 1998 - Dec 2021
Cyprus (%) 5.40 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 2000 - Apr 2022
Czech Republic (%) 2.42 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 1993 - Apr 2022
Denmark (%) 5.10 Dec 2021 monthly Jan 2007 - Dec 2021
Ecuador (%) 4.78 Mar 2022 quarterly Dec 2013 - Mar 2022
Egypt (%) 7.20 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2003 - Mar 2022
Estonia (%) 5.50 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 1997 - Mar 2022
European Union (%) 6.20 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 2000 - Apr 2022
Finland (%) 6.20 May 2022 monthly Jan 1988 - May 2022
France (%) 7.30 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 1975 - Mar 2022
Georgia (%) 20.62 2021 yearly 1991 - 2021
Germany (%) 3.00 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 1991 - Apr 2022
Ghana (%) 4.70 2021 yearly 1991 - 2021
Greece (%) 12.50 Apr 2022 monthly Apr 1998 - Apr 2022
Hong Kong SAR, China (%) 5.40 Apr 2022 monthly Oct 1981 - Apr 2022
Hungary (%) 3.50 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 2000 - Apr 2022
Iceland (%) 3.70 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 2003 - Apr 2022
India (%) 7.11 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Indonesia (%) 6.49 2021 yearly 1984 - 2021
Iran (%) 8.90 Dec 2021 quarterly Jun 2001 - Dec 2021
Ireland (%) 4.70 May 2022 monthly Jan 1998 - May 2022
Israel (%) 3.50 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 2012 - Apr 2022
Italy (%) 8.36 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 1983 - Apr 2022
Ivory Coast (%) 3.50 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Japan (%) 2.50 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 1953 - Apr 2022
Jordan (%) 23.30 Nov 2021 quarterly Feb 2000 - Nov 2021
Kazakhstan (%) 4.90 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 2001 - Apr 2022
Kenya (%) 2.98 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
South Korea (%) 2.80 May 2022 monthly Jun 1999 - May 2022
Kosovo (%) 25.80 Mar 2021 quarterly Mar 2016 - Mar 2021
Kuwait (%) 2.09 2018 yearly 1999 - 2018
Kyrgyzstan (%) 5.80 2020 yearly 1992 - 2020
Laos (%) 0.95 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Latvia (%) 6.50 May 2022 monthly Jan 1998 - May 2022
Lebanon (%) 29.56 2021 yearly 2004 - 2021
Lithuania (%) 6.20 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 1998 - Apr 2022
Luxembourg (%) 4.66 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 1995 - Apr 2022
Macau SAR, China (%) 3.50 Apr 2022 monthly Sep 1996 - Apr 2022
North Macedonia (%) 14.80 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2004 - Mar 2022
Malawi (%) 6.60 2013 yearly 2005 - 2013
Malaysia (%) 3.90 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 2010 - Apr 2022
Malta (%) 3.22 Mar 2022 quarterly Dec 2000 - Mar 2022
Mauritius (%) 7.10 Mar 2020 quarterly Mar 2004 - Mar 2020
Mexico (%) 3.09 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 2005 - Apr 2022
Moldova (%) 3.01 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 1999 - Mar 2022
Mongolia (%) 8.50 Mar 2022 quarterly Sep 2006 - Mar 2022
Montenegro (%) 15.40 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2008 - Dec 2021
Morocco (%) 12.10 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 1999 - Mar 2022
Mozambique (%) 3.98 2021 yearly 1991 - 2021
Myanmar (%) 1.79 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Nepal (%) 4.44 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Netherlands (%) 3.10 Jul 2021 monthly Jan 2003 - Jul 2021
New Zealand (%) 3.20 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 1986 - Mar 2022
Nigeria (%) 33.28 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Dec 2020
Norway (%) 2.90 Mar 2022 monthly Jan 1989 - Mar 2022
Oman (%) 2.10 May 2022 monthly Mar 2018 - May 2022
Pakistan (%) 6.30 2021 yearly 1980 - 2021
Palestinian Territory (%) 25.40 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2000 - Mar 2022
Panama (%) 11.30 2021 yearly 2003 - 2021
Paraguay (%) 8.47 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2017 - Mar 2022
Peru (%) 8.26 Apr 2022 monthly Mar 2001 - Apr 2022
Philippines (%) 5.70 Apr 2022 quarterly Jul 1982 - Apr 2022
Poland (%) 5.20 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 1990 - Apr 2022
Portugal (%) 7.20 Jan 2021 monthly Feb 1998 - Jan 2021
Qatar (%) 0.10 2019 yearly 1997 - 2019
Romania (%) 5.50 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 2004 - Apr 2022
Russia (%) 4.25 Dec 2021 monthly Jan 1994 - Dec 2021
Saudi Arabia (%) 6.86 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2012 - Dec 2021
Serbia (%) 10.60 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2014 - Mar 2022
Singapore (%) 2.20 Apr 2022 monthly Mar 2020 - Apr 2022
Slovakia (%) 6.54 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 2006 - Apr 2022
Slovenia (%) 4.30 Mar 2022 quarterly Jun 1997 - Mar 2022
South Africa (%) 34.50 Mar 2022 quarterly Mar 2008 - Mar 2022
Spain (%) 13.65 Mar 2022 quarterly Sep 1976 - Mar 2022
Sri Lanka (%) 4.60 Dec 2021 quarterly Jun 2012 - Dec 2021
Sudan (%) 20.30 2010 yearly 1993 - 2010
Sweden (%) 7.55 Apr 2022 monthly Jan 1983 - Apr 2022
Switzerland (%) 4.56 Mar 2022 monthly Jan 1991 - Mar 2022

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Government and Public Finance Last Frequency Range
Consolidated Fiscal Balance: % of GDP (%) -2.7 Dec 2021 quarterly Dec 2009 - Dec 2021
Tax Revenue (USD mn) 11,211.254 Mar 2022 monthly Sep 1999 - Mar 2022
Tax Revenue: % of GDP (%) 6.2 2020 yearly 2006 - 2020
National Government Debt (USD mn) 72,535.4 Dec 2021 monthly Sep 1999 - Dec 2021
Government Debt: % of GDP (%) 67.8 Dec 2021 quarterly Dec 2009 - Dec 2021
Forecast: Government Expenditure (KES bn) 5,190.245 2027 yearly 1982 - 2027
Forecast: Government Net Debt (KES bn) 13,813.335 2027 yearly 1998 - 2027
Forecast: Government Revenue (KES bn) 4,315.443 2027 yearly 1982 - 2027
Central Government Expenditure: ytd: Recurrent (KES mn) 1,490,045.768 Mar 2022 monthly Sep 1999 - Mar 2022
Central Government Revenue and Grants: ytd: Revenue: Tax: Excise Duty (KES mn) 185,817.879 Mar 2022 monthly Sep 1999 - Mar 2022
Central Government Expenditure: ytd: Development (KES mn) 362,747.063 Mar 2022 monthly Sep 1999 - Mar 2022
Central Government Revenue and Grants: ytd: Revenue (KES mn) 1,520,933.682 Mar 2022 monthly Sep 1999 - Mar 2022
Central Government Revenue and Grants: ytd: Revenue: Tax (KES mn) 1,281,623.146 Mar 2022 monthly Sep 1999 - Mar 2022
Central Government Revenue and Grants: ytd: Revenue: Tax: VAT (KES mn) 382,306.771 Mar 2022 monthly Sep 1999 - Mar 2022
Central Government Expenditure: ytd (KES mn) 2,069,112.502 Mar 2022 monthly Sep 1999 - Mar 2022
Central Government Surplus or Deficit (KES bn) -478.312 2020 yearly 1998 - 2020
Central Government Debt: Domestic (KES mn) 4,032,368.180 Dec 2021 monthly Sep 1999 - Dec 2021
Central Government Debt: External (KES mn) 4,174,371.530 Dec 2021 monthly Sep 1999 - Dec 2021
Foreign Trade Last Frequency Range
Forecast: Exports of Goods Growth (%) 7.296 2027 yearly 1980 - 2027
Trade Balance (USD mn) -1,180.7 Jan 2022 monthly Oct 1992 - Jan 2022
Total Exports (USD mn) 532.8 Jan 2022 monthly Aug 1998 - Jan 2022
Total Exports Growth (%) 10.6 Mar 2022 monthly Aug 1999 - Mar 2022
Aluminum: Exports (USD th) 5,058.903 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Exports: Medicament (USD th) 113,289.556 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Exports: Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Product (USD th) 4,778.930 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Total Imports (USD mn) 1,713.5 Jan 2022 monthly Aug 1998 - Jan 2022
Total Imports Growth (%) 20.9 Jan 2022 monthly Aug 1999 - Jan 2022
Imports: Medicament (USD th) 466,200.846 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Imports: Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Product (USD th) 127,044.927 2020 yearly 1995 - 2020
Total Exports to USA (USD mn) 40.550 Jan 2022 monthly Jan 1998 - Jan 2022
Total Imports from USA (USD mn) 101.973 Mar 2022 monthly Jan 1998 - Mar 2022
Total Exports to China (USD mn) 16.949 Feb 2022 monthly Apr 1998 - Feb 2022
Total Imports from China (USD mn) 316.557 Jan 2022 monthly Jan 2001 - Jan 2022
Exports (KES mn) 77,063.150 Mar 2022 monthly Aug 1998 - Mar 2022
Exports: Re-Exports (KES mn) 6,399.250 Jan 2022 monthly Aug 1998 - Jan 2022
Imports (KES mn) 213,516.620 Mar 2022 monthly Aug 1998 - Mar 2022
Exports: Domestic: Chemicals (KES mn) 6,360.070 Mar 2022 monthly Aug 1998 - Mar 2022
Exports: Domestic: Tea (KES mn) 13,558.640 Mar 2022 monthly Aug 1998 - Mar 2022
Exports: Domestic: Coffee (KES mn) 3,567.810 Mar 2022 monthly Aug 1998 - Mar 2022
Exports: Domestic: Horticulture (KES mn) 11,361.240 Mar 2022 monthly Aug 1998 - Mar 2022
Exports: Domestic: Cement (KES mn) 363.620 Mar 2022 monthly Aug 1998 - Mar 2022
Exports: Tanzania (KES mn) 5,385.080 Mar 2022 monthly Jan 1998 - Mar 2022
Exports: United Kingdom (KES mn) 4,292.690 Mar 2022 monthly Jan 1998 - Mar 2022
Exports: Netherlands (KES mn) 6,399.160 Mar 2022 monthly Jan 1998 - Mar 2022
Exports: Uganda (KES mn) 7,681.590 Mar 2022 monthly Jan 1998 - Mar 2022
Imports: Manufactured Goods Classified Chiefly by Materials (KES mn) 39,240.820 Mar 2022 monthly Aug 1998 - Mar 2022
Imports: Food and Live Animals (KES mn) 18,322.660 Mar 2022 monthly Aug 1998 - Mar 2022
Imports: Mineral Fuels, Lubricants and Related Materials (KES mn) 50,645.010 Mar 2022 monthly Aug 1998 - Mar 2022
Imports: Machinery and Transport Equipment (KES mn) 37,937.830 Mar 2022 monthly Aug 1998 - Mar 2022
Imports: Chemicals (KES mn) 39,283.340 Mar 2022 monthly Aug 1998 - Mar 2022
Imports: South Africa (KES mn) 3,398.830 Mar 2022 monthly Jan 1998 - Mar 2022
Imports: United Arab Emirates (KES mn) 36,265.170 Mar 2022 monthly Jan 1998 - Mar 2022
Imports: India (KES mn) 21,434.900 Mar 2022 monthly Jan 1998 - Mar 2022
Imports: Saudi Arabia (KES mn) 10,726.530 Mar 2022 monthly Jan 1998 - Mar 2022
Imports: Italy (KES mn) 1,641.820 Mar 2022 monthly Jan 1998 - Mar 2022
Exports Volume Index (2009=100) 110.800 2019 yearly 2007 - 2019
Imports Volume Index (2009=100) 107.100 2019 yearly 2007 - 2019
Balance of Payments Last Frequency Range
Direct Investment Abroad (USD mn) 203.9 2019 yearly 2009 - 2019
Current Account Balance (USD mn) -648.0 Dec 2021 monthly Jan 2002 - Dec 2021
Current Account Balance: % of GDP (%) -5.3 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2009 - Dec 2021
Foreign Direct Investment (USD mn) 1,332.4 2019 yearly 1970 - 2019
Foreign Direct Investment: % of GDP (%) 1.3 2019 yearly 1996 - 2019
Foreign Portfolio Investment (USD mn) 2,267.135 2019 yearly 2009 - 2019
Foreign Portfolio Investment: % of GDP (%) 2.3 2019 yearly 2009 - 2019
Foreign Portfolio Investment: Equity Securities (USD mn) 13.5 2019 yearly 2009 - 2019
Foreign Portfolio Investment: Debt Securities (USD mn) 2,253.625 2019 yearly 2009 - 2019
External Debt (USD mn) 36,895.2 Dec 2021 monthly Sep 1999 - Dec 2021
External Debt: % of GDP (%) 34.8 2020 yearly 2015 - 2020
External Debt: Short Term (USD mn) 2,293.6 2020 yearly 1970 - 2020
External Debt: Short Term: % of GDP (%) 2.3 2020 yearly 1996 - 2020
Forecast: Current Account Balance (USD bn) -7.699 2027 yearly 1980 - 2027
KE: IIP: Net International Investment Position (USD mn) -36,025.964 2018 yearly 2008 - 2018
KE: IIP: Assets (USD mn) 16,942.231 2018 yearly 2008 - 2018
KE: IIP: Liabilities (USD mn) 52,968.195 2018 yearly 2008 - 2018
Balance of Payment: Current Account (USD mn) -648.000 Dec 2021 monthly Dec 2014 - Dec 2021
BoP: Net Errors and Omissions (KES mn) 6,858.800 2017 yearly 2009 - 2017
BoP: Reserves and Related Items: Reserve Assets (KES mn) -24,917.900 2017 yearly 2009 - 2017
BoP: Current Account: Goods (USD mn) -3,363.000 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2015 - Dec 2021
BoP: Current Account: Services: Debit (USD mn) 1,183.000 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2015 - Dec 2021
BoP: Financial Account: Direct Investment: Assets (USD mn) 19.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2015 - Sep 2018
BoP: Financial Account: Other Investment: Assets (USD mn) 182.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2015 - Sep 2018
BoP: Current Account: Secondary Income: Debit (USD mn) 17.000 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2015 - Dec 2021
Balance of Payments (BoP) (USD mn) 402.000 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2015 - Dec 2021
BoP: Current Account: Goods: Imports (USD mn) 5,074.000 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2015 - Dec 2021
BoP: Capital Account: Credit n.i.e (USD mn) 36.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2015 - Sep 2018
BoP: Financial Account: Portfolio Investment: Assets (USD mn) 265.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2015 - Sep 2018
BoP: Current Account: Primary Income: Credit (USD mn) 141.000 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2015 - Dec 2021
BoP: Current Account n.i.e (USD mn) -1,490.000 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2015 - Dec 2021
BoP: Current Account: Services: Credit (USD mn) 1,707.000 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2015 - Dec 2021
BoP: Financial Account n.i.e (USD mn) 451.000 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2015 - Dec 2021
BoP: Financial Account: Financial Derivatives: Net (USD mn) 0.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2015 - Sep 2018
BoP: Current Account: Secondary Income: Credit n.i.e (USD mn) 1,701.000 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2015 - Dec 2021
BoP: Current Account: Goods: Exports (USD mn) 1,710.000 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2015 - Dec 2021
BoP: Capital Account n.i.e (USD mn) 19.000 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2015 - Dec 2021
BoP: Financial Account: Direct Investment: Liabilities n.i.e (USD mn) 383.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2015 - Sep 2018
BoP: Financial Account: Other Investment: Liabilities n.i.e (USD mn) 993.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2015 - Sep 2018
BoP: Current Account: Services (USD mn) 524.000 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2015 - Dec 2021
BoP: Capital Account: Debit (USD mn) 0.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2015 - Sep 2018
BoP: Financial Account: Portfolio Investment: Liabilities n.i.e (USD mn) -66.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2015 - Sep 2018
BoP: Current Account: Primary Income: Debit (USD mn) 475.000 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2015 - Dec 2021
BoP: Financial Account: Direct Investment: Liabilities (KES mn) 135,897.000 2019 yearly 2009 - 2019
Monetary Last Frequency Range
Non Performing Loans Ratio (%) 11.1 Dec 2021 quarterly Mar 2016 - Dec 2021
Non-Performing Loans (USD mn) 2,674.259 Dec 2019 monthly Apr 2001 - Dec 2019
Money Supply M1 (USD mn) 16,096.844 Feb 2022 monthly Dec 1995 - Feb 2022
Money Supply M2 (USD mn) 30,011.781 Feb 2022 monthly Dec 1995 - Feb 2022
M2 Growth (%) 6.3 Apr 2022 monthly Dec 1996 - Apr 2022
Reserve Requirement Ratio (%) 4.3 Sep 2021 monthly Dec 1999 - Sep 2021
Foreign Exchange Reserves (USD mn) 8,432.2 Mar 2022 monthly Dec 2000 - Mar 2022
Foreign Exchange Reserves: % of GDP (%) 8.601 Dec 2021 quarterly Dec 2009 - Dec 2021
Foreign Exchange Reserves: Months of Import (NA) 4.9 Mar 2022 monthly Sep 2005 - Mar 2022
Gold Reserves (USD mn) 1.083 Mar 2022 monthly Sep 1973 - Mar 2022
Total Deposits (USD mn) 37,575.049 Jun 2021 monthly Jan 1999 - Jun 2021
Total Deposits Growth (%) 5.2 Jun 2021 monthly Jan 2000 - Jun 2021
Domestic Credit (USD mn) 43,828.5 Feb 2022 monthly Dec 1995 - Feb 2022
Domestic Credit Growth (%) 13.6 Apr 2022 monthly Dec 1996 - Apr 2022
Total Loans (USD mn) 40,041.045 Dec 2020 monthly Jan 1999 - Dec 2020
Total Loans Growth (%) 13.87 Dec 2020 monthly Jan 2000 - Dec 2020
Private Debt: % of Nominal GDP (%) 25.98 Dec 2020 quarterly Dec 2009 - Dec 2020
Money Supply: M3 (KES mn) 4,221,200.000 Mar 2022 monthly Dec 1995 - Mar 2022
Money Supply: M3: M2 (KES mn) 3,483,808.548 Apr 2022 monthly Dec 1995 - Apr 2022
Money Supply: M3: M2: M1 (KES mn) 1,866,645.730 Apr 2022 monthly Dec 1995 - Apr 2022

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