Afghanistan Youth Unemployment Rate 1991-2020

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 17.43%, a 0.12% increase from 2018.
  • Afghanistan youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 17.31%, a 0.19% decline from 2017.
  • Afghanistan youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 17.50%, a 0.2% decline from 2016.
  • Afghanistan youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 17.70%, a 0.12% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
Haiti 30.66%
Yemen 24.04%
Syrian Arab Republic 20.94%
Tajikistan 20.82%
South Sudan 18.78%
Afghanistan 17.43%
Somalia 16.99%
Mali 14.74%
Gambia 12.47%
Comoros 9.88%
Sierra Leone 8.97%
Eritrea 8.76%
Burkina Faso 8.31%
Senegal 8.21%
Zimbabwe 8.09%
Congo, Dem. Rep. 7.98%
Malawi 7.52%
Mozambique 6.87%
North Korea 6.39%
Central African Republic 5.71%
Guinea 5.32%
Benin 4.40%
Guinea-Bissau 3.91%
Tanzania 3.57%
Togo 3.47%
Ethiopia 3.23%
Madagascar 3.09%
Chad 3.09%
Uganda 2.70%
Burundi 2.69%
Liberia 2.31%
Nepal 2.30%
Rwanda 1.71%
Niger 0.64%
Afghanistan Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 17.43% 0.12%
2018 17.31% -0.19%
2017 17.50% -0.20%
2016 17.70% -0.12%
2015 17.82% -0.10%
2014 17.92% -0.13%
2013 18.05% 0.08%
2012 17.97% -0.08%
2011 18.05% -0.02%
2010 18.06% 0.22%
2009 17.85% 0.57%
2008 17.27% 0.03%
2007 17.25% -0.29%
2006 17.53% -0.22%
2005 17.75% -0.26%
2004 18.01% -0.08%
2003 18.09% 0.04%
2002 18.05% -0.08%
2001 18.14% -0.04%
2000 18.17% -0.04%
1999 18.22% 0.11%
1998 18.11% -0.04%
1997 18.15% -0.06%
1996 18.21% 0.16%
1995 18.05% -0.20%
1994 18.25% 0.03%
1993 18.23% 0.30%
1992 17.93% 0.11%
1991 17.82% 0.11%