Colombia Unemployment Rate  2001-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The unemployment rate in Colombia increased to 9.8 percent in July of 2016 from 8.9 percent in the previous month and well above market expectations of 9 percent. It was the highest reading since March. The number of unemployed persons increased by 200 thousand to 2,370 thousand while the number of employed declined by 551 thousand to 21,700 thousand. The labor force participation rate decreased by 1 percentage points 63.6 percent and employment rate by 2 percentage points to 57.3 percent. Unemployment Rate in Colombia averaged 11.74 percent from 2001 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 17.87 percent in January of 2002 and a record low of 7.30 percent in November of 2015. Unemployment Rate in Colombia is reported by the Dane, Colombia.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
9.80 8.90 17.87 7.30 2001 - 2016 percent Monthly
In Colombia, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - Colombia Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Colombia Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-06-30 03:00 PM May 8.8% 9% 9.8% 8.5%
2016-07-29 03:10 PM Jun 8.9% 8.8% 8.5% 8.8%
2016-08-31 03:10 PM Jul 9.8% 8.9% 9.0% 8.6%
2016-09-30 03:00 PM Aug 9.8% 8.5%
2016-10-31 03:00 PM Sep 8.5%
2016-11-30 03:00 PM Oct 8.5%

Colombia Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 9.80 8.90 17.87 7.30 percent [+]
Unemployed Persons 2369.78 2169.28 3408.44 1791.64 Thousand [+]
Population 48.20 47.66 48.20 16.01 Million [+]
Living Wage Family 1869200.00 1975400.00 1975400.00 1869200.00 COP/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1070400.00 1090100.00 1090100.00 1021300.00 COP/Month [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 63.60 64.60 66.90 56.90 percent [+]
Employed Persons 22143.67 21552.33 22746.97 15300.76 Thousand [+]
Employment Rate 57.30 58.82 61.41 48.97 percent [+]
Wages High Skilled 2575100.00 2578300.00 2578300.00 2500000.00 COP/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 800000.00 875200.00 894300.00 722500.00 COP/Month [+]




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