South Korea 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.
  • South Korea youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 9.82%, a 0.28% decline from 2018.
  • South Korea youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 10.10%, a 0.35% increase from 2017.
  • South Korea youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 9.75%, a 0.36% decline from 2016.
  • South Korea youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 10.11%, a 0.25% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
New Caledonia 39.33%
French Polynesia 37.78%
Greece 35.11%
Spain 32.61%
Barbados 30.15%
Saudi Arabia 29.63%
Uruguay 29.40%
Italy 29.22%
Argentina 25.97%
Bahamas 24.50%
Brunei 21.70%
Puerto Rico 20.43%
Sweden 20.22%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 19.88%
Chile 19.62%
France 19.54%
Portugal 18.29%
Finland 17.09%
Luxembourg 16.82%
Croatia 16.62%
Slovak Republic 16.11%
Cyprus 16.04%
Kuwait 15.73%
Guam 15.54%
Channel Islands 15.34%
Belgium 14.25%
Panama 13.03%
Ireland 12.56%
Latvia 12.48%
Lithuania 11.87%
Australia 11.84%
Oman 11.55%
Singapore 11.50%
Hungary 11.40%
New Zealand 11.16%
Estonia 11.09%
United Kingdom 11.08%
Canada 11.04%
Denmark 10.05%
Norway 9.88%
Poland 9.84%
South Korea 9.82%
Malta 9.16%
Trinidad and Tobago 9.12%
Hong Kong 8.57%
Austria 8.51%
Iceland 8.48%
United States 8.30%
Slovenia 8.15%
Switzerland 7.98%
Bahrain 7.31%
UAE 7.19%
Netherlands 6.77%
Israel 6.68%
Germany 5.75%
Czech Republic 5.63%
Macao 4.95%
Japan 3.89%
Qatar 0.47%
South Korea Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 9.82% -0.28%
2018 10.10% 0.35%
2017 9.75% -0.36%
2016 10.11% 0.25%
2015 9.86% -0.01%
2014 9.87% 0.69%
2013 9.18% 0.31%
2012 8.87% -0.70%
2011 9.57% -0.01%
2010 9.58% -0.06%
2009 9.64% 0.42%
2008 9.22% 0.81%
2007 8.41% -1.43%
2006 9.84% -0.04%
2005 9.88% -0.43%
2004 10.31% 0.38%
2003 9.93% 1.50%
2002 8.43% -1.60%
2001 10.03% -0.49%
2000 10.52% -3.18%
1999 13.70% -1.76%
1998 15.46% 8.18%
1997 7.28% 1.43%
1996 5.85% -0.16%
1995 6.01% -0.94%
1994 6.95% -1.62%
1993 8.57% 1.27%
1992 7.30% 0.33%
1991 6.97% 0.33%