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10 African countries with the lowest unemployment rate in 2024

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) definition, a person is considered “employed” if they meet the following criteria:

1. Worked for Pay or Profit: Individuals who performed any work for pay or profit during the reference week. This includes those who have part-time or full-time jobs, as well as those on paid leave.

2. Worked Unpaid Family Business: Individuals who worked without pay for 15 hours or more in a family-owned business or farm.

3. Temporary Absence from Work: Individuals who were temporarily absent from their jobs due to illness, vacation, labor dispute, or other reasons.

It’s important to note that the BLS definition of employment includes various forms of work, both part-time and full-time, and covers a range of employment situations to provide a comprehensive view of the labor market.

Below are 10 African countries with the lowest unemployment rate in 2024:​

Rank Countries Unemployment rate
10 Liberia 3.56%
9 Senegal 3.34%
8 Mali 2.94%
7 Tanzania 2.92%
6 Côte d’Ivoire 2.61%

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5 Madagascar 2.07%
4 Benin 1.58%
3 Chad 1.28%
2 Burundi 0.98%
1 Niger 0.49%


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