Afghanistan Youth Unemployment Rate 1991-2021

Youth unemployment refers to the share of the labor force ages 15-24 without work but available for and seeking employment.
  • Afghanistan youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 17.22%, a 0.11% decline from 2018.
  • Afghanistan youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 17.33%, a 0.17% decline from 2017.
  • Afghanistan youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 17.50%, a 0.18% decline from 2016.
  • Afghanistan youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 17.68%, a 0.1% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
Haiti 29.67%
Yemen 24.24%
Syrian Arab Republic 20.84%
Somalia 19.82%
South Sudan 18.57%
Comoros 18.29%
Afghanistan 17.22%
Mali 16.66%
Tajikistan 12.88%
Gambia 12.44%
Eritrea 10.90%
Togo 8.89%
Sierra Leone 8.88%
Zimbabwe 8.13%
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Senegal 7.66%
Burkina Faso 7.64%
Malawi 7.40%
Mozambique 6.72%
Central African Republic 6.55%
North Korea 5.88%
Guinea 5.04%
Benin 4.88%
Guinea-Bissau 4.59%
Nepal 4.57%
Tanzania 3.48%
Chad 3.26%
Ethiopia 3.17%
Madagascar 3.12%
Burundi 2.62%
Uganda 2.48%
Liberia 2.12%
Rwanda 1.66%
Niger 0.60%
Afghanistan Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 17.22% -0.11%
2018 17.33% -0.17%
2017 17.50% -0.18%
2016 17.68% -0.10%
2015 17.78% -0.11%
2014 17.89% -0.18%
2013 18.07% -0.02%
2012 18.09% -0.02%
2011 18.11% -0.12%
2010 18.23% 0.11%
2009 18.12% 0.59%
2008 17.53% -0.06%
2007 17.59% -0.17%
2006 17.76% -0.17%
2005 17.93% -0.13%
2004 18.06% -0.16%
2003 18.22% 0.01%
2002 18.21% 0.09%
2001 18.12% -0.12%
2000 18.24% -0.10%
1999 18.34% 0.06%
1998 18.28% 0.01%
1997 18.27% -0.07%
1996 18.34% 0.06%
1995 18.28% 0.09%
1994 18.19% 0.07%
1993 18.12% 0.23%
1992 17.89% 0.11%
1991 17.78% 0.11%