North America 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.
  • North America youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 8.55%, a 0.21% decline from 2018.
  • North America youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 8.76%, a 0.61% decline from 2017.
  • North America youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 9.37%, a 1.21% decline from 2016.
  • North America youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 10.58%, a 1.09% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
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%
North America Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 8.55% -0.21%
2018 8.76% -0.61%
2017 9.37% -1.21%
2016 10.58% -1.09%
2015 11.66% -1.63%
2014 13.30% -1.97%
2013 15.27% -0.95%
2012 16.22% -0.71%
2011 16.92% -1.05%
2010 17.97% 0.73%
2009 17.24% 4.66%
2008 12.58% 2.10%
2007 10.47% -0.01%
2006 10.48% -0.80%
2005 11.29% -0.62%
2004 11.90% -0.54%
2003 12.45% 0.38%
2002 12.07% 1.39%
2001 10.67% 1.13%
2000 9.54% -0.66%
1999 10.20% -0.58%
1998 10.78% -1.00%
1997 11.77% -0.50%
1996 12.28% -0.05%
1995 12.33% -0.44%
1994 12.77% -0.92%
1993 13.69% -0.78%
1992 14.47% 0.88%
1991 13.59% 0.88%