Jamaica 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.
  • Jamaica youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 22.07%, a 3.58% decline from 2018.
  • Jamaica youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 25.65%, a 3.85% decline from 2017.
  • Jamaica youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 29.50%, a 3.93% decline from 2016.
  • Jamaica youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 33.43%, a 0.61% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
South Africa 57.47%
Libya 49.54%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 39.76%
Namibia 37.82%
Jordan 37.28%
St. Lucia 35.95%
Botswana 35.56%
North Macedonia 35.55%
Gabon 35.52%
Bosnia 33.97%
Armenia 33.51%
Costa Rica 31.82%
Algeria 29.69%
Brazil 27.47%
Serbia 27.12%
Albania 26.99%
Guyana 26.20%
Iran 25.46%
Montenegro 25.25%
Iraq 25.16%
Turkey 24.64%
Mauritius 23.84%
Jamaica 22.07%
Colombia 20.01%
Samoa 17.55%
Lebanon 17.10%
Romania 16.78%
Maldives 16.63%
Dominican Republic 15.89%
Venezuela 15.88%
Equatorial Guinea 15.47%
Russia 15.46%
Belize 15.35%
Paraguay 15.11%
Fiji 14.97%
Suriname 13.20%
Azerbaijan 13.19%
Malaysia 11.77%
China 11.01%
Belarus 10.63%
Bulgaria 8.89%
Ecuador 8.71%
Tonga 8.58%
Turkmenistan 8.04%
Peru 7.37%
Mexico 7.15%
Guatemala 4.88%
Cuba 4.49%
Thailand 4.22%
Kazakhstan 3.67%
Jamaica Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 22.07% -3.58%
2018 25.65% -3.85%
2017 29.50% -3.93%
2016 33.43% -0.61%
2015 34.04% -1.38%
2014 35.42% -3.52%
2013 38.94% 4.55%
2012 34.39% 2.79%
2011 31.60% 1.01%
2010 30.59% 2.24%
2009 28.35% 2.17%
2008 26.18% 1.10%
2007 25.08% -1.30%
2006 26.38% -2.07%
2005 28.45% -0.48%
2004 28.93% 6.26%
2003 22.67% -5.44%
2002 28.11% -2.93%
2001 31.04% -2.78%
2000 33.82% -1.95%
1999 35.77% -0.91%
1998 36.68% 0.14%
1997 36.54% 2.43%
1996 34.11% 1.37%
1995 32.74% 3.20%
1994 29.54% -1.56%
1993 31.10% 1.11%
1992 29.99% 0.29%
1991 29.70% 0.29%