Saudi Arabia 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.
  • Saudi Arabia youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 28.59%, a 0.26% decline from 2018.
  • Saudi Arabia youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 28.84%, a 1.99% increase from 2017.
  • Saudi Arabia youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 26.85%, a 2.23% increase from 2016.
  • Saudi Arabia youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 24.62%, a 4.53% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
French Polynesia 36.92%
Greece 35.11%
New Caledonia 34.21%
Spain 32.90%
Barbados 30.22%
Brunei 30.03%
Italy 29.30%
Saudi Arabia 28.59%
Uruguay 27.05%
Argentina 25.35%
Bahamas 23.51%
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 21.54%
Puerto Rico 19.74%
France 19.15%
Chile 18.97%
Portugal 18.45%
Croatia 17.82%
Sweden 17.78%
Finland 16.30%
Slovak Republic 16.21%
Channel Islands 15.86%
Kuwait 15.80%
Belgium 15.68%
Cyprus 15.62%
Luxembourg 14.89%
Guam 13.92%
Oman 13.19%
Ireland 13.07%
Estonia 12.56%
Lithuania 12.39%
Latvia 12.28%
Australia 12.06%
Poland 11.60%
United Kingdom 11.31%
New Zealand 11.23%
Hungary 11.09%
South Korea 10.97%
Canada 10.77%
Panama 10.04%
Hong Kong 10.03%
Denmark 9.82%
Norway 9.33%
Singapore 9.29%
Slovenia 9.11%
United States 8.54%
Austria 8.37%
Malta 8.24%
Iceland 7.80%
Switzerland 7.40%
UAE 7.34%
Israel 7.26%
Czech Republic 6.38%
Trinidad and Tobago 6.37%
Netherlands 6.35%
Macao 5.73%
Germany 5.42%
Bahrain 4.63%
Japan 3.67%
Qatar 0.38%
Saudi Arabia Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 28.59% -0.26%
2018 28.84% 1.99%
2017 26.85% 2.23%
2016 24.62% -4.53%
2015 29.15% -1.14%
2014 30.30% 1.20%
2013 29.10% 1.17%
2012 27.93% -0.92%
2011 28.85% -0.25%
2010 29.11% -0.39%
2009 29.50% 0.65%
2008 28.85% -0.76%
2007 29.61% -4.22%
2006 33.83% 1.23%
2005 32.60% 1.95%
2004 30.65% 1.93%
2003 28.72% 1.32%
2002 27.41% 2.53%
2001 24.88% 0.58%
2000 24.29% 1.17%
1999 23.13% -0.57%
1998 23.70% -2.18%
1997 25.88% -2.08%
1996 27.96% -2.17%
1995 30.12% -0.42%
1994 30.54% 1.53%
1993 29.01% 1.42%
1992 27.60% 1.05%
1991 26.55% 1.05%