Kenya Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate in Kenya increased to 40 percent in 2011 from 12.70 percent in 2006. Unemployment Rate in Kenya is reported by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. From 1999 until 2011, Kenya Unemployment Rate averaged 22.4 Percent reaching an all time high of 40.0 Percent in December of 2011 and a record low of 12.7 Percent in December of 2006. In Kenya, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides - Kenya Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. 2014-04-17

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Dates Unit Frequency
40.00 12.70 40.00 12.70 53.70 | 2014/06 1999 - 2011 Percent Yearly

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Kenya Unemployment Rate
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Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Unit
Population 43.18 2012-12-31 42.03 43.18 8.11 44.96 2014-06-30 Million [+]
Unemployment Rate 40.00 2011-12-31 12.70 40.00 12.70 53.70 2014-06-30 Percent [+]
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Unemployment Rate | Notes
The unemployment rate can be defined as the number of people actively looking for a job divided by the labour force. Changes in unemployment depend mostly on inflows made up of non-employed people starting to look for jobs, of employed people who lose their jobs and look for new ones and of people who stop looking for employment.


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