The 15 Highest Unemployment Rates in the World

14) The Tunisia Republic - Population: 10,589,125 - Unemployment Rate: 14.2% - % Unemployed Over 14: 59% (4,766,861) - Per Capita GDP: $8,020 Tunisia was a French colony and protectorate until 1956, when it gained independence. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been president of the republic, which effectively functions as a dictatorship, since 1987. Tunisia ranks 141st out of 167 on the Economist's Democracy Index, and is classified as an authoritarian regime.




13) The Republic Of Croatia - Population: 4,486,881 - Unemployment Rate: 14.8% - % Unemployed Over 14: 54.1% (2,056,010) - Per Capita GDP: $15,628 The region that is now known as Croatia was part of Yugoslavia until 1990, when it held its first independent elections. The Yugoslav wars decimated Croatia's economy in the early 90s and between 1989 and 1993, the nation's GDP fell 40.5%. Since the end of the conflicts, Croatia has stabilized and tourism has helped buoy the war-torn economy. Along with Macedonia and Turkey, the Balkan nation is a candidate for EU membership.


12) The Republic Of Yemen - Population: 23,485,361 - Unemployment Rate: 16.1% - % Unemployed Over 14: 61% (7,997,351) - Per Capita GDP: $870 The Republic of Yemen was formed in 1990 when the Yemen Arab Republic and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen joined. The nation is now a parliamentary republic under Ali Abdullah Saleh. Since its civil war in 1994, Yemen's industry has struggled. Recently, improved oil exports have helped strengthen the foundering economy.




11) Georgia - Population: 4,600,825 - Unemployment Rate: 16.5% - % Unemployed Over 14: 45.7% (1,208,982) - Per Capita GDP: $4,400 Georgia was part of the Soviet Union until 1991. Between gaining independence and forming a Democratic Republic in 1995, national GDP shrunk 70%. A civil war in the 1990s and a brief conflict with Russia in 2008 have hindered Georgia's economic growth.

10) The Republic Of Iraq - Population: 29,671,605 - Unemployment Rate: 17.5% - % Unemployed Over 14: 62.9% (10,936,776) - Per Capita GDP: $4,000 Iraq has been a parliamentary democracy since 2006 under Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. Notwithstanding Saddam Hussein's decades long dictatorship, the Gulf War, and the current Iraq conflict have destroyed the country's infrastructure. Continuing violence is making rebuilding difficult. However, now that Iraq is no longer under trade sanctions imposed by the United Nations, it can develop additional sources of income to supplement the country's oil exports. This may improve employment rates as Iraq rebuilds. Currently, 23% of the population earn less than $2.20 per day.




9) The Republic Of Botswana - Population: 2,029,307 - Unemployment Rate: 17.6% - % Unemployed Over 14: 54% (726,532) - Per Capita GDP: $7,343 Botswana, a parliamentary republic, has been independent for more than 150 years. Relative to some of its neighbors, Botswana has had relatively steady economic success, largely due to its mining industry, which makes up 36% of real GDP. It is, according to several sources, one of the most stable African countries. HIV/AIDS, however, has decimated the south African nation and nearly 25% of its population is infected.




8 ) The Republic Of Colombia - Population: 44,205,307 - Unemployment Rate: 20.5% - % Unemployed Over 14: 34% (11,825,800) - Per Capita GDP: $4,661 After gaining its independence from Spain in the early 1800s, and, several failed attempts to form a nation, the Republic of Colombia was founded in 1886. Although the country has a democratic government, warring parties have battled each other for more than 40 years Since the 1980s, frequent skirmishes between the nation's drug cartels and the Colombian government have terrorized the population and destroyed infrastructure. In the past two decades, more than 3 million people have been displaced by violence. Since 2002, violence has subsided and attacks on the nation's infrastructure have decreased by 83%.

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