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In 2014, 6.4 percent of females across the world were unemployed. This figure was down from the 6.7 percent that was reported in 1991. This percentage indicates the female labor force that is without work, but is available for employment.

According to the World Bank data, in 2014, the percentage of the unemployed female labor force was the highest in Yemen with 39.2 percent. Coming at the second spot was the African nation of Lesotho where 32.1 percent of the females were unemployed. The European nation of Greece was third on the list at 31.4 percent.

Some of the countries that reported more than 20 percent of unemployment among females included Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mauritania, Syria, Libya, South Africa, Spain, Serbia, Swaziland, Mozambique, Iraq, Sudan, Botswana and others.

Surprisingly, Rwanda had the lowest percentage of female unemployment in the world with 0.4 percent. Countries like India, Nepal and China recorded extremely low percentages of female unemployment with 4.0, 2.6 and 3.9 percent respectively. The United States and Canada also recorded lower levels of unemployment among the women. Here the unemployment rates stood at 6 and 6.5 percent respectively.

The overall percentage in South Asia stood at 4.7 with Maldives reporting the highest figure at 18.4 percent. The lowest percentage was in Nepal at just 2.6 percent. The European Union reported unemployment among females at 10.4 percentage of female labor force, while in Sub-Saharan Africa it was 9 percent. The table below provides country-wise data.

Country Percentage (2014)
Yemen, Rep. 39.2
Lesotho 32.1
Greece 31.4
Bosnia and Herzegovina 29.8
Mauritania 29.5
Syrian Arab Republic 28.2
Libya 28.1
Macedonia, FYR 28.1
Egypt, Arab Rep. 27.8
South Africa 27.6
Spain 26.0
Serbia 25.9
Gabon 25.8
Swaziland 25.5
Mozambique 25.0
Iraq 24.1
West Bank and Gaza 23.9
Dominican Republic 23.4
Sudan 21.6
Botswana 21.5
Arab World 21.2
Saudi Arabia 20.2
Montenegro 20.1
Namibia 20.0
Belize 19.7
Iran, Islamic Rep. 19.6
Jordan 19.5
Armenia 18.8
Maldives 18.4
Jamaica 17.3
Algeria 16.8
Croatia 16.6
Tunisia 15.8
Bahamas, The 15.7
Cyprus 15.4
Albania 14.8
Portugal 14.4
Barbados 14.3
Afghanistan 14.0
Guyana 14.0
Oman 14.0
Slovak Republic 14.0
Caribbean small states 13.6
Italy 13.6
Colombia 13.3
Senegal 12.9
Mauritius 12.4
Georgia 12.3
Puerto Rico 11.9
Zambia 11.5
Cabo Verde 11.4
Fiji 11.2
Mali 11.2
Costa Rica 11.0
Lebanon 11.0
Bulgaria 10.9
Morocco 10.9
Uzbekistan 10.8
Turkmenistan 10.7
Turkey 10.7
Kenya 10.6
Lithuania 10.2
Slovenia 10.0
Poland 9.9
Tajikistan 9.9
Argentina 9.8
Ireland 9.8
France 9.7
Venezuela, RB 9.4
Congo, Dem. Rep. 9.4
Latvia 9.3
Pakistan 9.3
Kyrgyz Republic 9.1
Uruguay 9.1
Malawi 9.0
Suriname 8.9
Brazil 8.7
United Arab Emirates 8.6
Belgium 8.4
Equatorial Guinea 8.2
Finland 7.9
Ethiopia 7.8
Haiti 7.8
Hungary 7.8
Central African Republic 7.7
Eritrea 7.7
Sweden 7.7
Czech Republic 7.6
Somalia 7.6
Burundi 7.5
Chad 7.5
Gambia, The 7.4
Guinea-Bissau 7.4
Angola 7.3
Chile 7.3
Nigeria 7.3
Togo 7.3
Indonesia 7.2
Comoros 7.0
Sri Lanka 7.0
Philippines 7.0
Congo, Rep. 6.9
Denmark 6.9
Luxembourg 6.9
Bahrain 6.7
Estonia 6.7
Netherlands 6.6
Canada 6.5
Timor-Leste 6.5
Ukraine 6.5
World 6.3
Israel 6.3
New Zealand 6.3
Romania 6.3
Ecuador 6.2
Malta 6.2
Azerbaijan 6.1
United States 6.0
Australia 5.9
United Kingdom 5.8
Panama 5.6
Paraguay 5.6
Zimbabwe 5.4
Nicaragua 5.3
Trinidad and Tobago 5.3
Cameroon 5.1
Honduras 5.1
Austria 5.0
Bangladesh 5.0
Mexico 5.0
Kazakhstan 4.9
Germany 4.8
Mongolia 4.8
Peru 4.8
Russian Federation 4.8
Switzerland 4.7
Iceland 4.7
Madagascar 4.6
Niger 4.6
Uganda 4.6
Belarus 4.4
Solomon Islands 4.4
El Salvador 4.4
Tanzania 4.1
Brunei Darussalam 4.0
India 4.0
China 3.9
Cuba 3.9
Liberia 3.9
Cote d’Ivoire 3.7
Myanmar 3.6
Bhutan 3.4
Japan 3.4
Bolivia 3.3
Norway 3.3
Korea, Dem. People’s Rep. 3.3
Singapore 3.3
Korea, Rep. 3.1
Guatemala 3.0
Papua New Guinea 3.0
Hong Kong SAR, China 2.7
Moldova 2.6
Nepal 2.6
Vietnam 2.5
Ghana 2.4
Kuwait 2.4
Burkina Faso 2.3
Malaysia 2.2
Sierra Leone 2.2
Qatar 1.9
Guinea 1.6
Macao SAR, China 1.4
Lao PDR 1.2
Benin 1.0
Thailand 0.9
Cambodia 0.4
Rwanda 0.4

(Data sourced from World Bank)

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