The Fifteen Nations With The Highest Unemployment In The World

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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%.

7) The Republic Of Namibia

- Population: 2,128,307

- Unemployment Rate: 22%

- % Unemployed Over 14: 57.1% (760,813)

- Per Capita GDP: $4,135

Nambia was a German colony until 1915 when, following formation of the League of Nations, South Africa gained control of the country and imposed apartheid law.  The country has operated as an independent parliamentary republic since 1990. About 35% of the population lives on less than $1/day and many rely on humanitarian food donations to survive. HIV/AIDS is a serious issue, and partly as a result, life expectancy decreased more than 10% between 1991 and 2001.

6) The Republic Of South Africa

- Population: 49,109,471

- Unemployment Rate: 22.9%

- % Unemployed Over 14: 58.9% (20,016,283)

- Per Capita GDP: $5,684

South Africa was under British rule until 1961, when it gained independence and adopted a parliamentary democracy. As current host of the World Cup, this data might very well have changed as the nation implemented significant transportation infrastructure and other facilities to accommodate the influx of fans into the country. South Africa is the African nation most affected by HIV/AIDS, with 5.5 million estimated cases.