The Ghana Statistical Service uses a relaxed definition to describe unemployment as persons currently without work and available to take up work.
According to the service the total unemployment rate in Ghana in 2013 was 5.2 percent .
Unemployment rate in Ghana according to the GSS decreased to 5.2 percent in 2013 from 5.96 percent in 2010.
Unemployment rate in Ghana averaged 8.82 percent from 2001 until 2013, reaching an all-time high of 12.90 percent in 2005 and a record low of 5.20 percent in 2013.
The rate is higher among females (5.5%) than males (4.8%).
Thus, overall, females in both localities are more likely to be unemployed than their male counterparts. The unemployment is much higher in urban areas (6.5%) than in rural areas (3.9%).
There are marked differences in the unemployment rates recorded in the regions, with Upper East (10.8%) recording the highest unemployment rate and Brong Ahafo (2.9%) recording the lowest.
The female unemployment rate is higher than that for males in all regions except Central and Upper West where the reverse is the case.
The unemployment rate is very high for the youth (15-24 years) in urban areas (16.3%) compared to the other age groups.
Unemployment rates in urban areas are generally higher than those recorded in rural areas in all the educational attainment categories except those who have never been to school and persons with teacher training, agricultural and nursing training education.