Kuwait Unemployment Rate

1999 - 2018 | Yearly | % | CEIC Data

Kuwait Unemployment Rate increased to 2.09 % in Jun 2018, from the previously reported number of 1.24 % in Jun 2017. Kuwait Unemployment Rate is updated yearly, available from Jun 1999 to Jun 2018, with an average rate of 1.56 %. The data reached an all-time high of 2.23 % in Jun 2011 and a record low of 0.71 % in Jun 1999. The data is reported by reported by CEIC Data.

In the latest reports, Kuwait Population reached 4.62 million people in Dec 2018. The country's Labour Force Participation Rate dropped to 71.14 % in Dec 2020.

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Kuwait Unemployment Rate

What was Kuwait's Unemployment Rate in 2018?

Last Previous Min Max Unit Frequency Range
2.09 2018 1.24 2017 0.71 1999 2.23 2011 % yearly 1999 - 2018

Unemployment Rate by Country Comparison

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country/region Last Frequency Range
Albania (%) 11.80 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Dec 2020
Algeria (%) 11.70 Sep 2017 quarterly Jun 2014 - Sep 2017
Argentina (%) 13.10 Jun 2020 quarterly Dec 2002 - Jun 2020
Armenia (%) 18.10 Sep 2020 quarterly Mar 2008 - Sep 2020
Australia (%) 7.00 Oct 2020 monthly Feb 1978 - Oct 2020
Austria (%) 5.52 Sep 2020 monthly Jan 1993 - Sep 2020
Azerbaijan (%) 6.94 Sep 2020 quarterly Mar 2008 - Sep 2020
Bahrain (%) 4.30 2016 yearly 1991 - 2016
Bangladesh (%) 5.30 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Belarus (%) 0.20 Jan 2021 monthly Oct 2004 - Jan 2021
Belgium (%) 5.20 Sep 2020 monthly Jan 1983 - Sep 2020
Bolivia (%) 3.40 2017 yearly 1999 - 2017
Bosnia and Herzegovina (%) 15.70 2019 yearly 2006 - 2019
Botswana (%) 18.72 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Brazil (%) 14.20 Jan 2021 monthly Mar 2012 - Jan 2021
Brunei (%) 8.37 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Bulgaria (%) 5.20 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2000 - Dec 2020
Cambodia (%) 0.10 2017 yearly 2007 - 2017
Canada (%) 8.90 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 1976 - Oct 2020
Chile (%) 11.60 Oct 2020 monthly Mar 2009 - Oct 2020
China (%) 4.24 Dec 2020 quarterly Dec 1999 - Dec 2020
Colombia (%) 15.77 Sep 2020 monthly Jan 2001 - Sep 2020
Croatia (%) 9.20 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2000 - Dec 2020
Cyprus (%) 8.00 Sep 2020 monthly Jan 2000 - Sep 2020
Czech Republic (%) 2.79 Sep 2020 monthly Jan 1993 - Sep 2020
Denmark (%) 5.80 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 2007 - Oct 2020
Ecuador (%) 4.96 Dec 2020 quarterly Dec 2013 - Dec 2020
Egypt (%) 7.20 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2003 - Dec 2020
Estonia (%) 7.70 Sep 2020 quarterly Mar 1989 - Sep 2020
European Union (%) 6.20 Jan 2020 monthly Jan 2000 - Jan 2020
Finland (%) 8.20 Dec 2020 monthly Jan 1988 - Dec 2020
France (%) 8.00 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 1975 - Dec 2020
Georgia (%) 11.57 2019 yearly 1991 - 2019
Germany (%) 4.50 Sep 2020 monthly Jan 1991 - Sep 2020
Ghana (%) 4.51 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Greece (%) 16.80 Aug 2020 monthly Apr 1998 - Aug 2020
Hong Kong SAR, China (%) 6.40 Oct 2020 monthly Oct 1981 - Oct 2020
Hungary (%) 4.30 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 2000 - Oct 2020
Iceland (%) 5.60 Sep 2020 monthly Jan 2003 - Sep 2020
India (%) 7.11 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Indonesia (%) 7.07 2020 yearly 1984 - 2020
Iran (%) 10.60 Mar 2020 quarterly Jun 2001 - Mar 2020
Ireland (%) 7.30 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 1998 - Oct 2020
Israel (%) 4.71 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 2012 - Oct 2020
Italy (%) 8.99 Dec 2020 monthly Jan 1983 - Dec 2020
Ivory Coast (%) 3.50 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Japan (%) 3.00 Sep 2020 monthly Jan 1953 - Sep 2020
Jordan (%) 23.00 May 2020 quarterly Feb 2000 - May 2020
Kazakhstan (%) 5.00 Jul 2020 monthly Jan 2001 - Jul 2020
Kenya (%) 2.98 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
South Korea (%) 4.00 Feb 2021 monthly Jun 1999 - Feb 2021
Kosovo (%) 29.10 Mar 2020 quarterly Mar 2016 - Mar 2020
Kuwait (%) 2.09 2018 yearly 1999 - 2018
Kyrgyzstan (%) 5.50 2019 yearly 1992 - 2019
Laos (%) 0.95 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Latvia (%) 8.00 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 1998 - Oct 2020
Lebanon (%) 11.35 2018 yearly 2004 - 2018
Lithuania (%) 10.40 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 1998 - Oct 2020
Luxembourg (%) 6.28 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 1995 - Oct 2020
Macau SAR, China (%) 2.70 Jan 2021 monthly Sep 1996 - Jan 2021
North Macedonia (%) 16.14 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2004 - Dec 2020
Malawi (%) 6.60 2013 yearly 2005 - 2013
Malaysia (%) 5.40 May 2020 monthly Jan 2016 - May 2020
Malta (%) 4.60 Sep 2020 quarterly Dec 2000 - Sep 2020
Mauritius (%) 7.10 Mar 2020 quarterly Mar 2004 - Mar 2020
Mexico (%) 3.26 Mar 2020 monthly Jan 2005 - Mar 2020
Moldova (%) 4.22 Jun 2020 quarterly Mar 1999 - Jun 2020
Mongolia (%) 7.57 Dec 2020 quarterly Sep 2006 - Dec 2020
Montenegro (%) 19.00 Sep 2020 quarterly Mar 2008 - Sep 2020
Morocco (%) 12.20 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 1999 - Dec 2020
Mozambique (%) 3.24 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Myanmar (%) 1.79 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Nepal (%) 4.44 2020 yearly 1991 - 2020
Netherlands (%) 3.80 Mar 2020 monthly Jan 2003 - Mar 2020
New Zealand (%) 4.90 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 1986 - Dec 2020
Nigeria (%) 27.11 Jun 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2020
Norway (%) 5.20 Sep 2020 monthly Jan 1989 - Sep 2020
Oman (%) 2.80 Oct 2020 monthly Mar 2018 - Oct 2020
Pakistan (%) 5.79 2018 yearly 1980 - 2018
Palestinian Territory (%) 23.40 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 1998 - Dec 2020
Panama (%) 7.10 2019 yearly 2003 - 2019
Paraguay (%) 8.16 Sep 2020 quarterly Mar 2017 - Sep 2020
Peru (%) 16.43 Oct 2020 monthly Mar 2001 - Oct 2020
Philippines (%) 10.00 Jul 2020 quarterly Jul 1982 - Jul 2020
Poland (%) 6.10 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 1990 - Oct 2020
Portugal (%) 7.50 Oct 2020 monthly Feb 1998 - Oct 2020
Qatar (%) 0.10 2019 yearly 1997 - 2019
Romania (%) 5.70 Feb 2021 monthly Jan 1997 - Feb 2021
Russia (%) 6.35 Sep 2020 monthly Jan 1994 - Sep 2020
Saudi Arabia (%) 8.98 Jun 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2020
Serbia (%) 9.90 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2014 - Dec 2020
Singapore (%) 3.60 Sep 2020 quarterly Mar 1987 - Sep 2020
Slovakia (%) 7.35 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 2006 - Oct 2020
Slovenia (%) 5.10 Dec 2020 quarterly Jun 1997 - Dec 2020
South Africa (%) 32.50 Dec 2020 quarterly Mar 2008 - Dec 2020
Spain (%) 16.13 Dec 2020 quarterly Sep 1976 - Dec 2020
Sri Lanka (%) 5.20 Dec 2020 quarterly Jun 2012 - Dec 2020
Sudan (%) 20.30 2010 yearly 1993 - 2010
Sweden (%) 8.91 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 1983 - Oct 2020
Switzerland (%) 5.01 Dec 2020 monthly Jan 1991 - Dec 2020

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Government and Public Finance Last Frequency Range
Consolidated Fiscal Balance: % of GDP (%) -9.8 2019 yearly 1988 - 2019
Consolidated Fiscal Balance (USD mn) -10,753.192 2017 yearly 1988 - 2017
Tax Revenue (USD mn) 128.142 Dec 2015 monthly Sep 2003 - Dec 2015
Tax Revenue: % of GDP (%) 1.4 2017 yearly 1986 - 2017
National Government Debt (USD mn) 3,468.2 Jan 2021 monthly Dec 1993 - Jan 2021
Government Debt: % of GDP (%) 3.2 Sep 2020 quarterly Dec 2010 - Sep 2020
Forecast: Government Expenditure (KWD bn) 24.119 2026 yearly 1990 - 2026
Forecast: Government Net Debt (KWD bn) 37.408 2026 yearly 1991 - 2026
Forecast: Government Revenue (KWD bn) 22.312 2026 yearly 1990 - 2026
Government Fiscal Balance: ytd (KWD mn) -5,954.525 Feb 2021 monthly Apr 2018 - Feb 2021
Government Expenditure: ytd (KWD mn) 14,817.487 Feb 2021 monthly Apr 2018 - Feb 2021
Government Expenditure: ytd: Current (KWD mn) 13,761.529 Feb 2021 monthly Apr 2018 - Feb 2021
Government Expenditure: ytd: Purchases of Non Financial Assets (KWD mn) 1,055.958 Feb 2021 monthly Apr 2018 - Feb 2021
Government Revenue: ytd (KWD mn) 8,862.962 Feb 2021 monthly Apr 2018 - Feb 2021
Government Revenue: ytd: Non Oil (KWD mn) 1,213.483 Feb 2021 monthly Apr 2018 - Feb 2021
Government Revenue: ytd: Non Oil: Tax and Fees (KWD mn) 415.966 Feb 2021 monthly Apr 2018 - Feb 2021
Government Expenditure (KWD mn) 18,245.900 2016 yearly 1989 - 2016
Government Revenue: Tax (KWD mn) 486.000 2016 yearly 1987 - 2016
Government Revenue (KWD mn) 13,633.900 2016 yearly 1987 - 2016
Government Expenditure: Capital (KWD mn) 226.000 2016 yearly 1989 - 2016
Government Expenditure: Current (KWD mn) 12,125.900 2016 yearly 1989 - 2016
Government Surplus/Deficit (KWD mn) -3,919.943 2020 yearly 1989 - 2020
Public Debt (KWD mn) 1,050.000 Jan 2021 monthly Dec 1993 - Jan 2021
Foreign Trade Last Frequency Range
Forecast: Exports of Goods Growth (%) 1.236 2026 yearly 1980 - 2026
Trade Balance (USD mn) 912.4 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 1993 - Oct 2020
Total Exports (USD mn) 3,288.6 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 1993 - Oct 2020
Total Exports Growth (%) -31.0 Sep 2020 monthly Jan 1994 - Sep 2020
Aluminum: Exports (USD th) 12,357.584 2019 yearly 1995 - 2019
Exports: Medicament (USD th) 43,537.254 2019 yearly 1995 - 2019
Exports: Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Product (USD th) 1,874.075 2019 yearly 1995 - 2019
Total Imports (USD mn) 2,135.6 Aug 2020 monthly Jan 1992 - Aug 2020
Total Imports Growth (%) -16.3 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 1993 - Oct 2020
Imports: Medicament (USD th) 951,801.648 2019 yearly 1995 - 2019
Imports: Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Product (USD th) 308,705.513 2019 yearly 1995 - 2019
Total Exports to USA (USD mn) 0.143 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 1973 - Oct 2020
Total Imports from USA (USD mn) 159.166 Jul 2020 monthly Jan 2017 - Jul 2020
Total Exports to China (USD mn) 50.396 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 2017 - Oct 2020
Total Imports from China (USD mn) 416.561 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 2017 - Oct 2020
Trade Balance: Quarterly (KWD mn) 2,789.603 Dec 2018 quarterly Mar 1973 - Dec 2018
Exports: SITC: Food and Live Animals (KWD mn) 39.900 Sep 2018 quarterly Sep 2014 - Sep 2018
Exports: SITC: Other Manufactured Articles (KWD mn) 36.800 Sep 2018 quarterly Sep 2014 - Sep 2018
Balance of Payments Last Frequency Range
Direct Investment Abroad (USD mn) -499.4 Sep 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2020
Current Account Balance (USD mn) 351.1 Jun 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2020
Current Account Balance: % of GDP (%) 31.3 Sep 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2020
Foreign Direct Investment (USD mn) 68.4 Jun 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2020
Foreign Direct Investment: % of GDP (%) -1.4 Mar 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2020
Foreign Portfolio Investment (USD mn) -235.169 Sep 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2020
Foreign Portfolio Investment: % of GDP (%) -0.2 Mar 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Mar 2020
Foreign Portfolio Investment: Equity Securities (USD mn) 7.5 Jun 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2020
Foreign Portfolio Investment: Debt Securities (USD mn) 64.513 Jun 2020 quarterly Mar 2012 - Jun 2020
External Debt (USD mn) 55,508.4 Jun 2020 quarterly Mar 2018 - Jun 2020
External Debt: % of GDP (%) 50.8 2019 yearly 2014 - 2019
Net International Investment Position (USD mn) 93,856.844 2019 yearly 2001 - 2019
Forecast: Current Account Balance (USD bn) 5.366 2026 yearly 1980 - 2026
BoP: FA: Financial Derivatives: Assets (KWD mn) -36.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2018
BoP: FA: Portfolio Investment: Liabilities: Debt Instruments (KWD mn) 0.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2018
BoP: FA: Portfolio Investment: Assets (KWD mn) -1,260.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2018
BoP: FA: Portfolio Investment: Liabilities (KWD mn) 10.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2018
BoP: CA: Debit (KWD mn) 0.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2018
BoP: FA: Financial Derivatives: Liabilities (KWD mn) 40.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2018
BoP: FA: Other Investments (OT) (KWD mn) -1,407.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2018
BoP: FA: Reserve Assets: Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) (KWD mn) 448.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2018
BoP: FA: OT: Liabilities (KWD mn) 1,389.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2018
BoP: FA: OT: Assets (KWD mn) -2,795.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2018
BoP: CA: Primary Income: Debit (KWD mn) 0.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2018
BoP: Net Errors and Omissions (KWD mn) 493.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2018
BoP: CA: Secondary Income: Credit (KWD mn) 0.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2018
BoP: Capital Account: Debit (KWD mn) 5.000 Sep 2018 quarterly Mar 2012 - Sep 2018
Foreign Direct Investment (KWD mn) 3,105.100 2017 yearly 2010 - 2017
Direct Investment Abroad (KWD mn) 8,487.400 2017 yearly 2010 - 2017
Number of Investment Companies (Unit) 58.000 Jan 2021 monthly Mar 2005 - Jan 2021
Monetary Last Frequency Range
Non Performing Loans Ratio (%) 1.8 Sep 2019 quarterly Mar 2017 - Sep 2019
Household Debt: % of GDP (%) 1.9 Mar 2020 quarterly Dec 2010 - Mar 2020
Money Supply M1 (USD mn) 42,106.028 Jan 2021 monthly Jan 1994 - Jan 2021
Money Supply M2 (USD mn) 129,770.438 Jan 2021 monthly Jan 1994 - Jan 2021
M2 Growth (%) 3.2 Jan 2021 monthly Jan 1995 - Jan 2021
Foreign Exchange Reserves (USD mn) 45,495.3 Dec 2020 monthly Jan 1964 - Dec 2020
Foreign Exchange Reserves: % of GDP (%) 28.180 Mar 2020 quarterly Dec 2010 - Mar 2020
Foreign Exchange Reserves: Months of Import (NA) 20.9 Jun 2020 quarterly Mar 1973 - Jun 2020
Gold Reserves (USD mn) 104.673 Dec 2020 monthly Dec 1961 - Dec 2020
Total Deposits (USD mn) 147,743.022 Jan 2021 monthly Jan 1994 - Jan 2021
Total Deposits Growth (%) 2.5 Jan 2021 monthly Jan 1995 - Jan 2021
Domestic Credit (USD mn) 112,060.8 Jan 2021 monthly Jan 1994 - Jan 2021
Domestic Credit Growth (%) 1.3 Jan 2021 monthly Jan 1995 - Jan 2021
Household Debt (USD mn) 1,321.6 Jan 2021 monthly Jan 2002 - Jan 2021
Total Loans (USD mn) 131,184.831 Dec 2020 monthly Jan 1994 - Dec 2020
Total Loans Growth (%) 4.07 Oct 2020 monthly Jan 1995 - Oct 2020
Private Debt: % of Nominal GDP (%) 94.56 Mar 2020 quarterly Dec 2010 - Mar 2020
Money Supply: M3 (KWD mn) 39,288.000 Jan 2021 monthly Jan 1994 - Jan 2021
Monetary Survey: CBK and Local Banks: Money Supply M2: M1 (KWD mn) 12,747.600 Jan 2021 monthly Jan 1994 - Jan 2021
Money Supply: M3: M2: M1: Currency in Circulation (KWD mn) 2,167.700 Jan 2021 monthly Jan 1994 - Jan 2021
Monetary Survey: CBK and Local Banks: Money Supply M2 (KWD mn) 39,288.000 Jan 2021 monthly Jan 1994 - Jan 2021
Local Banks Time Deposits (KWD mn) 34,937.000 Jan 2021 monthly Jan 1994 - Jan 2021

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