Sub-Saharan Africa 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.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa youth unemployment rate for 2021 was 14.81%, a 0.31% increase from 2020.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa youth unemployment rate for 2020 was 14.50%, a 1.21% increase from 2019.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 13.29%, a 0.53% increase from 2018.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 12.76%, a 0.35% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
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%
Sub-Saharan Africa Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2021 14.81% 0.31%
2020 14.50% 1.21%
2019 13.29% 0.53%
2018 12.76% 0.35%
2017 12.42% 0.21%
2016 12.21% 0.88%
2015 11.32% -0.02%
2014 11.34% -0.37%
2013 11.72% -0.30%
2012 12.01% -0.07%
2011 12.08% -0.08%
2010 12.16% 0.75%
2009 11.42% 0.09%
2008 11.32% -0.59%
2007 11.92% -0.22%
2006 12.14% -0.18%
2005 12.32% -0.16%
2004 12.47% -0.48%
2003 12.96% 0.05%
2002 12.91% 0.23%
2001 12.67% 0.13%
2000 12.55% -0.01%
1999 12.56% 0.11%
1998 12.45% 0.00%
1997 12.45% 0.06%
1996 12.39% 0.04%
1995 12.35% 0.00%
1994 12.35% -0.01%
1993 12.36% 0.03%
1992 12.33% 0.10%
1991 12.23% 0.10%