Saudi Arabia 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.
  • Saudi Arabia youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 29.63%, a 0.79% increase from 2018.
  • Saudi Arabia youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 28.84%, a 2.01% increase from 2017.
  • Saudi Arabia youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 26.83%, a 2.21% 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
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%
Saudi Arabia Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 29.63% 0.79%
2018 28.84% 2.01%
2017 26.83% 2.21%
2016 24.62% -4.53%
2015 29.15% -1.15%
2014 30.30% 1.20%
2013 29.10% 1.17%
2012 27.93% -0.92%
2011 28.85% -0.37%
2010 29.22% -0.28%
2009 29.50% 0.65%
2008 28.85% -0.76%
2007 29.61% -4.22%
2006 33.83% 1.60%
2005 32.23% 2.16%
2004 30.07% 1.77%
2003 28.30% 0.89%
2002 27.41% 2.53%
2001 24.88% 0.59%
2000 24.29% 1.16%
1999 23.13% -0.56%
1998 23.69% -1.06%
1997 24.75% -1.31%
1996 26.06% -1.64%
1995 27.70% 0.09%
1994 27.61% 0.25%
1993 27.36% 0.62%
1992 26.74% 1.63%
1991 25.11% 1.63%