Sub-Saharan Africa 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.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 12.44%, a 0.38% increase from 2018.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 12.06%, a 0.2% increase from 2017.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 11.86%, a 0.08% increase from 2016.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 11.78%, a 0.79% 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 19.60%
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%
Sub-Saharan Africa Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 12.44% 0.38%
2018 12.06% 0.20%
2017 11.86% 0.08%
2016 11.78% 0.79%
2015 10.99% -0.08%
2014 11.07% -0.48%
2013 11.55% -0.25%
2012 11.80% -0.05%
2011 11.85% -0.13%
2010 11.99% 0.78%
2009 11.20% 0.40%
2008 10.80% -0.65%
2007 11.45% -0.37%
2006 11.82% -0.34%
2005 12.16% -0.21%
2004 12.37% -0.54%
2003 12.91% 0.05%
2002 12.86% 0.32%
2001 12.54% 0.13%
2000 12.40% -0.05%
1999 12.45% 0.15%
1998 12.30% -0.03%
1997 12.33% 0.03%
1996 12.30% 0.08%
1995 12.23% 0.02%
1994 12.20% 0.03%
1993 12.17% 0.18%
1992 11.99% 0.08%
1991 11.91% 0.08%