Latin America & Caribbean 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.
  • Latin America & Caribbean youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 17.75%, a 0.17% increase from 2018.
  • Latin America & Caribbean youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 17.58%, a 0.03% decline from 2017.
  • Latin America & Caribbean youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 17.61%, a 0.39% increase from 2016.
  • Latin America & Caribbean youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 17.22%, a 2.4% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
South Asia 19.60%
Euro Area 18.19%
Latin America & Caribbean 17.75%
European Union 16.83%
World 15.28%
OECD members 12.53%
Sub-Saharan Africa 12.44%
East Asia & Pacific 9.87%
North America 8.55%
Latin America & Caribbean Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 17.75% 0.17%
2018 17.58% -0.03%
2017 17.61% 0.39%
2016 17.22% 2.40%
2015 14.82% 1.05%
2014 13.76% -0.13%
2013 13.90% 0.20%
2012 13.70% -0.18%
2011 13.88% -0.54%
2010 14.42% -0.86%
2009 15.28% 1.71%
2008 13.57% -0.41%
2007 13.98% -0.80%
2006 14.78% -1.10%
2005 15.88% -0.62%
2004 16.50% -0.50%
2003 17.00% -0.04%
2002 17.04% 0.87%
2001 16.17% -0.64%
2000 16.80% 0.20%
1999 16.60% 1.17%
1998 15.44% 0.89%
1997 14.54% -0.08%
1996 14.62% 0.49%
1995 14.13% 1.93%
1994 12.20% 0.85%
1993 11.34% 0.08%
1992 11.27% -0.10%
1991 11.37% -0.10%