U.S. 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.
  • U.S. youth unemployment rate for 2019 was 8.54%, a 0.03% increase from 2018.
  • U.S. youth unemployment rate for 2018 was 8.52%, a 0.62% decline from 2017.
  • U.S. youth unemployment rate for 2017 was 9.14%, a 1.18% decline from 2016.
  • U.S. youth unemployment rate for 2016 was 10.32%, a 1.19% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
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%
U.S. Youth Unemployment Rate - Historical Data
Year % of Total Labor Force Ages 15-24 Annual Change
2019 8.54% 0.03%
2018 8.52% -0.62%
2017 9.14% -1.18%
2016 10.32% -1.19%
2015 11.51% -1.77%
2014 13.28% -2.15%
2013 15.43% -0.97%
2012 16.40% -0.79%
2011 17.20% -1.10%
2010 18.29% 0.85%
2009 17.44% 4.76%
2008 12.68% 2.28%
2007 10.40% 0.04%
2006 10.36% -0.82%
2005 11.17% -0.57%
2004 11.74% -0.58%
2003 12.32% 0.42%
2002 11.90% 1.45%
2001 10.44% 1.23%
2000 9.21% -0.58%
1999 9.79% -0.51%
1998 10.31% -0.98%
1997 11.29% -0.66%
1996 11.94% -0.11%
1995 12.06% -0.38%
1994 12.43% -0.88%
1993 13.31% -0.86%
1992 14.17% 0.83%
1991 13.34% 0.83%