Jamaica 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.
  • Jamaica youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 22.14%, a 3.51% 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 0.6% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
South Africa 55.97%
Libya 50.47%
St. Lucia 45.23%
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 41.68%
Bosnia 39.70%
Namibia 39.53%
North Macedonia 39.14%
Botswana 37.35%
Gabon 35.95%
Armenia 35.49%
Jordan 35.03%
Montenegro 30.72%
Costa Rica 30.50%
Serbia 30.03%
Algeria 29.51%
Albania 28.13%
Brazil 27.39%
Iran 27.36%
Iraq 25.14%
Mauritius 23.88%
Turkey 23.68%
Jamaica 22.14%
Guyana 21.28%
Colombia 19.04%
Venezuela 18.78%
Samoa 18.13%
Lebanon 17.61%
Maldives 16.76%
Russia 16.12%
Romania 15.43%
Suriname 15.31%
Belize 15.12%
Fiji 14.83%
Azerbaijan 14.56%
Dominican Republic 13.47%
Equatorial Guinea 12.31%
Paraguay 11.42%
Malaysia 11.26%
China 10.33%
Bulgaria 9.87%
Belarus 9.71%
Ecuador 8.94%
Peru 8.37%
Turkmenistan 8.27%
Mexico 7.07%
Guatemala 4.99%
Cuba 4.20%
Kazakhstan 3.88%
Thailand 3.87%
Tonga 3.59%
Jamaica Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 22.14% -3.51%
2018 25.65% -3.85%
2017 29.50% -3.93%
2016 33.43% -0.60%
2015 34.04% -1.39%
2014 35.42% -3.52%
2013 38.94% 4.55%
2012 34.39% 2.89%
2011 31.50% 0.69%
2010 30.81% 2.16%
2009 28.65% 2.47%
2008 26.18% 1.28%
2007 24.90% -1.31%
2006 26.21% -2.28%
2005 28.49% -0.44%
2004 28.93% 6.26%
2003 22.67% -5.63%
2002 28.29% -2.80%
2001 31.10% -2.72%
2000 33.81% -1.87%
1999 35.69% -0.99%
1998 36.68% 0.06%
1997 36.63% 2.56%
1996 34.07% 1.44%
1995 32.63% 3.09%
1994 29.54% -1.55%
1993 31.09% 1.10%
1992 29.99% 0.26%
1991 29.74% 0.26%