Sub-Saharan Africa 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.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 11.58%, a 0.05% increase from 2018.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 11.53%, a 0.21% decline from 2017.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 11.74%, a 0.06% increase from 2016.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 11.68%, a 0.77% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24
South Asia 19.92%
Euro Area 18.12%
Latin America & Caribbean 17.67%
European Union 16.83%
World 15.39%
OECD members 12.40%
Sub-Saharan Africa 11.58%
East Asia & Pacific 10.14%
North America 8.75%
Sub-Saharan Africa Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 11.58% 0.05%
2018 11.53% -0.21%
2017 11.74% 0.06%
2016 11.68% 0.77%
2015 10.91% -0.07%
2014 10.99% -0.48%
2013 11.47% -0.22%
2012 11.70% -0.07%
2011 11.77% -0.12%
2010 11.89% 0.78%
2009 11.11% 0.46%
2008 10.65% -0.66%
2007 11.30% -0.40%
2006 11.70% -0.35%
2005 12.05% -0.22%
2004 12.27% -0.56%
2003 12.83% 0.06%
2002 12.77% 0.33%
2001 12.44% 0.11%
2000 12.33% -0.07%
1999 12.40% 0.17%
1998 12.23% -0.01%
1997 12.24% 0.05%
1996 12.20% 0.06%
1995 12.14% -0.01%
1994 12.15% 0.01%
1993 12.14% 0.16%
1992 11.99% 0.11%
1991 11.88% 0.11%