Latin America & Caribbean Youth Unemployment Rate 1991-2022

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 2021 was 21.37%, a 0.55% increase from 2020.
  • Latin America & Caribbean youth unemployment rate for 2020 was 20.82%, a 3.19% increase from 2019.
  • Latin America & Caribbean youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 17.63%, a 0.18% increase from 2018.
  • Latin America & Caribbean youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 17.45%, a 0.02% decline from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
South Asia 24.08%
Latin America & Caribbean 21.37%
Euro Area 20.41%
European Union 19.34%
World 17.89%
Sub-Saharan Africa 14.81%
OECD members 14.13%
East Asia & Pacific 10.86%
North America 9.98%
Latin America & Caribbean Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2021 21.37% 0.55%
2020 20.82% 3.19%
2019 17.63% 0.18%
2018 17.45% -0.02%
2017 17.47% 0.40%
2016 17.07% 2.34%
2015 14.72% 0.97%
2014 13.75% -0.19%
2013 13.94% 0.19%
2012 13.74% -0.19%
2011 13.94% -0.31%
2010 14.25% -1.01%
2009 15.26% 1.71%
2008 13.55% -0.39%
2007 13.94% -0.83%
2006 14.77% -1.04%
2005 15.81% -0.61%
2004 16.42% -0.44%
2003 16.86% 0.01%
2002 16.84% 0.79%
2001 16.05% -0.53%
2000 16.58% 0.14%
1999 16.44% 1.20%
1998 15.24% 0.75%
1997 14.49% -0.19%
1996 14.68% 0.63%
1995 14.04% 2.05%
1994 11.99% 0.78%
1993 11.22% 0.05%
1992 11.16% -0.11%
1991 11.27% -0.11%